Dutch broadcasting tower collapses in flames

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The top section of the Hoogersmilde radio and TV broadcasting tower in the east of the Netherlands has collapsed following a fire. Before the metal section collapsed due to overheating, the 300m tower was one of the tallest in the Netherlands.

No one was injured. Fire fighters called in to put out the rapidly spreading fire had withdrawn from the tower shortly before the top section gave way. Police had already cordoned off the area around the burning tower.

The cause of the fire that raged around 100 metres above ground is unknown. The power supply to the tower was cut off soon after the blaze broke out, disrupting radio and TV broadcasts to parts of the Netherlands.

Fire also broke out at a broadcasting tower in the central town of Lopik last night. As yet no connection between the two blazes has been established.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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