4 arrests for train fire in Delft

3rd May 2007, Comments 0 comments

3 May 2007, DELFT – A fire broke out on a passenger train at the Delft-Zuid station last night. The train had just pulled in from Delft's main station.

3 May 2007

DELFT – A fire broke out on a passenger train at the Delft-Zuid station last night. The train had just pulled in from Delft's main station.

All the passengers were safely evacuated. The train engineer was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. Police have arrested four people for arson, a spokesperson for the railway police announced.

The fire destroyed the front two carriages of the train, which had been on its way from The Hague to Dordrecht. The fire broke out just before 10 pm and was extinguished by fire fighters by 10.30 pm. Train service on the route gradually resumed at about midnight.

The police arrested four young men at Delft's main station after taking statements from witnesses. The four 17 and 18-year-olds all live in Delft.

A spokesperson for the Netherlands Railways (NS) said that it could demand compensation from the arsonists. "If these people are responsible for the fire, they have to pay the financial costs. The court has ruled in favour of this in the past."

The total fire and smoke damage from the incident last night comes to about EUR 700,000.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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