Warehouse fire damages houses, school
14 July 2006, BRUSSELS — A fire in an Antwerp warehouse spread to five homes and a school building on Friday, forcing the evacuation of 70 people.
14 July 2006
BRUSSELS — A fire in an Antwerp warehouse spread to five homes and a school building on Friday, forcing the evacuation of 70 people.
The fire broke out in a warehouse on the Kerkstraat in Antwerp and thick clouds of smoke were seen across the city.
The smoke was not toxic, but residents in the vicinity of the fire were advised to keep their doors and windows shut and avoid being outside for too long.
"Like any fire, this smoke is very unpleasant," Antwerp police spokesman Sven Lommaert said.
Some 70 people who lived in the area were evacuated to a welfare centre in the nearby Helmstraat. They were catered to by victim assistance workers, but were not injured.
The fire caused problems for bus traffic, particularly line 23, which was diverted to avoid the smoke, Flemish transport authority De Lijn said.
The Antwerp fire brigade was given assistance by the Kapellen, Wommelgem, Schoten and Edegem fire brigades.
"We asked for their support because it is extremely hard work to fight a fire for longer than two hours in these weather conditions," a spokesperson said.
The cause of the blaze is not yet known.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news