Arson suspected as man dies in explosion

17th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — A man was killed when an explosion sparked a fire that destroyed his home in Amsterdam in the early hours of Thursday morning.

17 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — A man was killed when an explosion sparked a fire that destroyed his home in Amsterdam in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Technical experts working to establish the cause of the blast at the Pierre Cuyperhof in the west of the city say they have found a chalked sign on the building that might indicate the fire was started deliberately, news agency ANP has reported. 

A police spokesman has declined to reveal more about what investigators found. Local people in the district are being questioned by police in a bid to identify possible suspects.

The force of the blast at 2.15am blew the windows of the man's home out of the window frames. A short, but intense fire totally destroyed the first and second floor of the victim's home, the fire brigade said.

The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes. The man — who has not been named — was found in his bedroom, but attempts to resuscitate him proved unsuccessful.

His neighbours were evacuated as a precaution, but were allowed to return later in the morning.

[Copyright Expatica News + Novum Nieuws 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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