Girl, 3, missing after explosion

30th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — A young girl was missing and feared dead after an explosion and fire in which four other people were injured at a farm in Abcoude on Monday.

30 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — A young girl was missing and feared dead after an explosion and fire in which four other people were injured at a farm in Abcoude on Monday.

Residents said the missing girl was three years old. Firefighters were still searching for the girl, who is thought to be lying among the debris.

The four injured victims were taken to hospital for treatment.

The explosion took place at about 7.30am outside of the section of the building which houses a horse stud farm.

The resulting fire spread to the rest of the building. The Abcoude Council said no horses were killed in the accident.

It is suspected a gas tank outside the building exploded, sparking the fire.

Besides combating the blaze, the fire brigade was also confronted with the possible collapse of the building.

The building consisted of two farm premises divided into four homes.

Initially, the council thought 20 people were living in the building, but that number was later reduced to 12.

A female neighbour said the 12 people were relatives of each other.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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