Belgium: Fire ravages at Antwerp’s central station

Belgium: A fire has broken out near the Central Station in Antwerp on Friday, as per the sources, the Antwerp Fire Brigade and police services are advising people to keep windows as well as doors closed, and to leave the area clear for the emergency services.

The Antwerp police as well as the emergency services- Fire Brigade Zone Antwerp, arrived on Vestingstraat, by the station, on Friday morning. A government service- BE-Alert that warns residents of danger, was sent out.

The representative for the Antwerp fire brigade, Marie De Clercq mentioned in the statement, “We received a call at 05:44 this morning that there was a blazing fire in an enclosed property behind several homes. The call came in as a roof fire, but quickly escalated to a complete house fire.”

Moreover, the streets near the station was closed, early this morning, the firefighters were attempting to extinguish the fire, but were struggling to do so the building is encircled by other nearby buildings.

The spokesperson stated, “It was a complex fire to extinguish, which is why a lot of resources were requested. We are here with different teams to ensure that the handling of the incident goes as smoothly as possible.”

The streets near the station, such as Pelikaanstraat and Vestingstraat are currently closed to traffic. The Central Station’s entrances as well as exits are also closed in Pelikaanstraat.

Furthermore, it was noted, “Avoid the area. Close windows and doors and turn off the ventilation.” The Antwerp World Diamond Center shared the information with all of the employees on Friday not to come to the office till the other further notice.

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