(JERUSALEM) -- The fire that killed 42 people and torched nearly 13,000 acres of forest in Israel has finally been extinguished, according to firefighters.
The blaze burned for four days in Israel's Carmel Forest, creating an estimated $500 million in private and public property damage. The death toll, which previously stood at 41, rose by one Monday as word came that Haifa's police chief had died in the fire.
Israelis are angry and are demanding a commission of inquiry into the country's response. Israel's comptroller says he will decide on an inquiry in the upcoming days. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also responded by saying he'll set up a national fire squad task force and will make money readily available to rebuild the north.
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