In the night of Sunday to Monday a heavy house fire broke out in the Passerstraat in Anderlecht, Belgium, near the capital of Brussels. In addition, 25 people have been injured, three of which are in danger. The 18 others, including 4 firefighters, suffered lighter injuries.
The fire in the four-storey house was noticed around 3.00 a.m. “When we arrived, the fire already struck out of one of the apartments,” says fire brigade spokesman Walter Derieuw. It is a four-storey apartment building with a rear structure. A number of residents had already put themselves to safety, but others had to be evacuated by the fire brigade.
Three of the four injured firefighters were caught by the smoke, a fourth suffered burns to the neck and upper back.
Danger of collapse
As the building has already suffered considerable damage due to the fire and some cracks are visible, there is a risk of collapse and the firemen have not yet been able to enter the homes. It may therefore be that the number of victims is not yet definitive. Several surrounding homes have been vacated and dozens of people are being taken care of.
How the fire arose is not yet clear at the moment. “Its too early to say that,” says Derieuw.
Rescue and emergency services are on site. The mayor of Anderlecht, Fabrice Cumps, is also present.