Huge fire in centre of Amersfoort

22nd October 2007, Comments 0 comments

22 October 2007, AMERSFOORT – A large fire broke out in the Armando Museum in Amersfoort on Monday afternoon. The museum is housed in the 19th century Elleboog church on the Langegracht. The fire broke out at about 1.30 pm. The area around the building has been cordoned off.

22 October 2007

AMERSFOORT – A large fire broke out in the Armando Museum in Amersfoort on Monday afternoon. The museum is housed in the 19th century Elleboog church on the Langegracht. The fire broke out at about 1.30 pm. The area around the building has been cordoned off.

A spokesperson for the municipality of Amersfoort has said that the museum building and tower cannot be saved. Since the tower is on the verge of collapse, all buildings in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated. A shelter is being set up for area residents.

The adjoining church has also caught fire. Nothing is yet known about what started the fire. The museum was closed when the blaze started. As far as is known there are no injuries.

Artwork both modern and classical worth millions of euros have been destroyed in the fire.

The museum not only housed a temporary exhibition but also a permanent collection of 21 paintings and a sculpture by Dutch artist Armando. The building also functioned as a documentation centre for the life and work of the artist.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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