Cause of Amersfoort fire undetermined
14 November 2007, AMERSFOORT – The cause of the fire in the Armando Museum on 22 October cannot be determined, police announced in the Amersfoort city hall on Wednesday morning.
14 November 2007
AMERSFOORT – The cause of the fire in the Armando Museum on 22 October cannot be determined, police announced in the Amersfoort city hall on Wednesday morning.
Most clues to the cause were lost because of the fire and the collapse of the roof. Police say there is no indication that the fire was deliberately set.
It cannot be ruled out that the fire may have been somehow caused by a short circuit or defect in the equipment in the museum's roof, a police spokesperson said.
"Nor can it be ruled out that the fire may have been caused by a spark that landed in the church during plumbing work that was being carried out."
The police say the employees and workers on site had been conscientious and followed all the applicable rules and regulations. Mayer A. van Vliet-Kuiper of Amersfoort had hoped that the exact cause of the fire could be discovered.
"This is unsatisfying. In these kinds of cases we all have the tendency to want to point the finger. We are just going to have to suppress that tendency in this case."
The building housing the museum and virtually its whole collection went up in flames.
If bystanders had called the fire brigade earlier the Elleboogkerk housing the Armando Museum might have been saved, the Amersfoort mayor said on Wednesday during the presentation of the investigation by the B & A Group.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news