No toxic chemicals in fire near Rijksmuseum

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22 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — A pillar of thick smoke rose from a construction pit near the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Monday night as 55m of PVC piping was engulfed in flames.

22 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — A pillar of thick smoke rose from a construction pit near the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Monday night as 55m of PVC piping was engulfed in flames.

The fire occurred as maintenance work was being carried out and a pillar of black smoke towered over the area. Police were forced to seal the area off and urged residents to close doors and windows.
 
A fire brigade spokesman said later that the amount of dangerous substances released by the flames was negligible. Evacuations were not necessary.
 
The fire brigade had earlier arrived in force at the Stadhouderskade amid concern that dangerous substances could be released.

The fire started at about 7.30pm after glue used to fasten the pipes together caught on fire. The blaze was brought under control by 9pm.

Several police agents were taken to hospital for precautionary measures after they developed breathing difficulties. They were released after treatment.

"Smoke is never healthy. That applies also to the smoke from a burning newspaper," a fire brigade spokesman said.

Several tram and bus lines were shut down or diverted due to the fire.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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