Amersfoort pulls down tower

24th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – The church tower of the Elleboogkerk in the city centre of Amersfoort was due to be pulled down Wednesday morning. There was still a danger of collapse.

24 October 2007

AMSTERDAM – The church tower of the Elleboogkerk in the city centre of Amersfoort was due to be pulled down Wednesday morning. There was still a danger of collapse.

The tower was irreparably damaged on Monday after the 19th century church housing the Armando museum caught fire. The museum building and most of the collection were lost.

Cranes for the demolition operation were set up at 7.30 am on Wednesday. The area has been fenced off to protect the safety of onlookers.

Residents of the buildings surrounding the church, on the Kromme Elleboogsteeg, the Langegracht, and the Breestraat, will probably not be able to return to their homes until 5 November. They were accompanied by fire fighters as they collected some items from their homes on Tuesday. The walls of the Elleboogkerk must first be buttressed before the vicinity is safe. Until then the municipality is providing shelter for the residents.

Residents of homes across from the tower are expected to be able to return to their homes Wednesday evening.

The cause of the fire is still not known. The church was in scaffolding on Monday for paintwork and roof and plumbing repairs. It is being looked into whether this work may have led to a fire. An external investigation is underway into the incident.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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