EU commission building evacuated in new fire alert

27th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The European Commission headquarters was evacuated due to a fire alarm on Wednesday, little more than a week after a blaze damaged the building and closed it down for several days.

BRUSSELS - The alarm sounded at the Berlaymont building in Brussels' European quarter at around 1130 am (0930 GMT), breaking up a press conference with European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso and two commissioners.

A fireman at the scene said the alarm had been set off by vapour from a hot water leak, which had burnt the hands and feet of one person who was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

"There is no other problem than this hot water leak," he said. "The fire detectors react to heat."

Five fire engines were sent to the building.

A commission spokeswoman said it would re-open "very soon".

Fire broke out at the headquarters of the EU's executive arm, where around 2,000 people work, on May 18, causing material damage but no injuries.


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