In Heerhugowaard, the fire brigade is extinguishing a large fire in an empty building. The firefighters have had the building burned out in a controlled manner.
To get it all out, they have demolished most of the building with a demolition crane, says a spokesman for the Safety Region.
The occupants of a number of apartments opposite were evacuated because of the smoke. They spend the night in a nearby hotel. The spokesman estimates that it concerns more than twenty people.
The police will investigate the cause of the fire.