• Short Summary

    NINE BODIES HAVE BEEN RECOVERED FROM A FOUR-STOREY HOUSE IN BRUSSELS WHICH WAS RAVAGED BY FIRE EARLY YESTERDAY (MONDAY).

  • Description

    NINE BODIES HAVE BEEN RECOVERED FROM A FOUR-STOREY HOUSE IN BRUSSELS WHICH WAS RAVAGED BY FIRE EARLY YESTERDAY (MONDAY). FURTHER VICTIMS MAY STILL LIE IN THE WRECKAGE.

    THE VICTIMS ARE BELIEVED TO BE MAINLY IMMIGRANT WORKERS FROM NORTH AFRICA. THE HOUSE HAD BEEN DIVIDED INTO SINGLE RENTED ROOMS AND HAD 26 TENANTS. ONE NORTH AFRICAN CLIMBED ACROSS THE FACADES OF THREE HOUSES TO REACH A BALCONY LEADING TO SAFETY. FIREMEN RESCUED OTHERS.

    THE FIRE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE STARTED IN THE GROUND FLOOR, WHICH WAS OCCUPIED BY A SECONDHAND SHOP PACKED WITH INFLAMMABLE MERCHANDISE. IT SPREAD UP THE STAIRCASE, TRAPPING THE OCCUPANTS, AND A SERIES OF EXPLOSIONS, APPARENTLY CAUSED BY COOKING-GAS CYLINDERS, BLEW THE ROOF OFF THE HOUSE.

    (BRUSSELS HAS SUFFERED A NUMBER OF TRAGIC FIRES IN RECENT YEARS. IN FEBRUARY 1965 SOME 20 PEOPLE DIED IN BLAZE AT AN OLD PEOPLE'S HOME. THE FOLLOWING YEAR NEW REGULATIONS WERE INTRODUCED, BUT BEFORE THEY CAME INTO EFFECT ANOTHER OLD PEOPLE'S HOME BURNT DOWN WITH A LOSS OF AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE IN FEBRUARY 1967.

    (THE FOLLOWING MONTH (MARCH 1967) A BLAZE IN A FURNITURE SHOP SPREAD TO 10 SHOP AND OFFICE BUILDINGS, BUT WITHOUT LOSS OF LIFE. TWO MONTHS LATER CAME THE MOST DISASTROUS OF ALL, THE FIRE AT THE INNOVATION DEPARTMENT STORE ON 22 MAY, 1967, IN WHICH 302 PEOPLE WERE KILLED).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAZ7OGDZ2OQHBH65WVUUYPBQB
    Media URN:
    VLVAAZ7OGDZ2OQHBH65WVUUYPBQB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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