The fire broke out in the guard's room outside the roof of the Marwani prayer room, Antar al-Hazmawi, a guard of the al-Aqsa mosque confirmed to the The New Arab
The fire brigade of the Islamic Waqf department in Jerusalem managed to control the blaze, while the area is currently closed to examine the cause of the fire, which is currently unclear.
Israeli police have opened an investigation into the incident, reportedly involving the questioning of a guard, who was supposed to be on duty at the time of the accident.
A guard told The New Arab
that there was a short gap between guard rotation from 7.15 to 7.30 in the evening.