The death toll following a hotel fire in the centre of the belgian capital, Brussels, rose to at least ten on Sunday(May 22) with still more missing as rescuers searched into the night.
GV PAN FROM Street TO fire damaged hotel - Brussels, Belgium
CU Firemen on ladder with body in cage at top of building, PULL OUT TO GV hotel
CU Fire chief watching, PULL BACK TO GV firemen and medical officer at foot of ladder.
SV Firemen with body in cage, on extension ladder, being lowered to ground
GV Firemen and medical officer ZOOM IN TO stretcher
SV Body being taken from cage and put onto stretcher
CU Soaked mattresses and medical personnel around body
SV AND GV People looking on and body carried to ambulance and put inside (2 shots)
SV & CU PAN FROM hotel sing TO escape 'rope' made from bed linen hanging from first floor window (2 shots)
CU Soaked sheet on matters PULL OUT TO GV mattresses at foot of hotel
GV Firemen and fire engine
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Background: The death toll following a hotel fire in the centre of the belgian capital, Brussels, rose to at least ten on Sunday(May 22) with still more missing as rescuers searched into the night. Most of the dead were British tourists.
The blaze occurred on the tenth anniversary of Belgium's worst fire, in which more than 250 people died at the Innovation Department store in Brussels.
SYNOPSIS: The fire broke out early on Sunday morning (22 May) at the Duc de Brabant hotel on the Place Rogier, near Brussel's main norther n railway station. Firemen were still working carefully, trying to retrieve bodies from the upper floors of the six-storey hotel late on Sunday. They feared the fire-weakened structure might collapse.
The alarm was given by a passing police car shortly after midnight, and about eighty firemen battled the flames using long ladders. They evacuated about 150 people from the building, mainly British and West German coach party tourists.
Authorities said many of the 30 injured in the fire had been hurt when they jumped from the lower floors. One survivor said he thought there was a demonstration in progress in the streets below. Then he smelled smoke and saw a man standing on a ledge hauled to safety by a fireman on top of a long ladder. At least two people were injured when sheets they had tied into ropes parted and they fell heavily to the footpath.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known but firemen said it almost certainly began in a new kitchen on the ground floor.