The fire in the sheltered housing to the Zennebeemd broke shortly before 23 hours from when an explosion occurred in a service on the ground floor of one of the buildings of the centre. Various fire and medical teams arrived on the spot and both the medical and municipal contingency plan been promulgated. The residents of the apartments in the affected building were evacuated to another building of the same sheltered housing. It went in a total of 44 people. the
Around 3 pm, the medical and municipal emergency plan lifted and was the largest part of the residents to their rooms, returned. Only a dozen residents of the ground floor had the night elsewhere to spend.
In the room where the explosion had taken place, saw the emergency services six shells, as well as fireworks. "Those shells were empty, but in the room was also gunpowder," says Gilles Blondeau, spokesperson of the public prosecutor's office of Halle-Vilvoorde. the
"According to the branddeskundige carried out the occupant of the room, a former firefighter, likely a manipulation with that gunpowder and something went wrong, causing an explosion has taken place. For the time being, we are certainly not out of evil intent. The man himself is injured but is not in danger. He will early next week be answered."
Earlier today, the mayor of Drogenbos, Alexis Calmeyn, that the fire was caused by an exploded gas cylinder. “There were shells found in the room where the explosion took place, but the chance that one of them is detonated, is low”, said the mayor. According to the public prosecutor's office shows that not to be wrong, and would the gunpowder is indeed the cause.