• Short Summary

    FIFTEEN BODIES HAVE NOW BEEN RECOVERED FROM THE SMOULDERING WRECKAGE OF THE OLD PEOPLE'S HOME AT ITTERBEEK, NEAR BRUSSELS AFTER BROKE OUT THERE LAST NIGHT (SUNDAY).

  • Description

    FIFTEEN BODIES HAVE NOW BEEN RECOVERED FROM THE SMOULDERING WRECKAGE OF THE OLD PEOPLE'S HOME AT ITTERBEEK, NEAR BRUSSELS AFTER BROKE OUT THERE LAST NIGHT (SUNDAY). WHILE TWO PEOPLE ARE STILL MISSING, A WAVE OF CONTROVERSY IS SWEEPING THE COUNTRY OVER CONDITIONS IN SOME OF THE OLD PEOPLE'S HOME.

    THE FIRE BROKE OUT LAST NIGHT IN THE CONVERTED 19TH CENTURY CHATEAU IN WHICH 96 OLD PEOPLE LIVED. SOME PATIENTS HAD TO BE FORCED OUT OF WINDOWS AND DOWN LADDERS, WHILE OTHERS TURNED INTO HUMAN TORCHES.

    TODAY BELGIUM'S PUBLIC HEALTH MINISTER, M. RAPHAEL HULPIAU, SAID THAT THE HOME OVERCROWDED, AND THE COMMANDANT OF THE BRUSSELS FIRE BRIGADE, M. HANCE, SAID THAT MANY OF THE UPPER ROOMS HAD AS MANY AS FIVE OR SIX BEDS IN A SPACE ABOUT FIVE BY FIVE YARDS (METERS). MOST OF THE VICTIMS, HE SAID, WERE DISABLED. HE SAID THERE WAS NOT A SINGLE FIRE HYDRANT OR EXTINGUISHER IN THE HOME ALTHOUGH IT WAS FULL OF WOODWORK.

    POLICE ARE REPORTED TO HAVE SAID THAT ONLY ONE NIGHT NURSE WAS ON DUTY AT THE TIME. SHE HAD RUSHED FROM ROOM TO ROOM, WARNING THE PATIENTS, AND HAD LATER SUFFERED A NERVOUS BREAK-DOWN.

    A NEW LAW FOR THE CONTROL AND INSPECTION OF OLD PEOPLE'S HOMES, PASSED LAST YEAR, HAS NOT YET BEEN FULLY APPLIED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8MZYQXCDOETYLWK94493IBVI1
    Media URN:
    VLVA8MZYQXCDOETYLWK94493IBVI1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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