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Aug 15 '17 11:00

A body was found in a lake on Stadsblokkenweg in Arnhem on Tuesday morning. A passerby spotted the body near the John Frost bridge and notified the police, the Gelderlander reports.

The police and fire department responded to the scene around 7:00 a.m. An investigation is under way. 

The identity of the victim was not announced. 

According to the newspaper, the police searched the Bandijk in Arnhem on Friday for a 26-year-old man that went missing on Thursday night. He wasn't found. 

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Aug 11 '17 14:50

A body was found in a burning home on Neel Gijsenstraat in Rotterdam on Friday morning. The police are investigating the cause of the fire and how the person died, AD report.

The fire department responded to the home around 7:30 a.m. Fifteen minutes later the fire was under control. Firefighters found the deceased person while checking the home.

At this stage there is no reason to believe the person was killed in a crime, according to the police. 

Juliana Church on Zaandijkstraat in Rotterdam goes up in flames, 6 Aug 2017
Aug 7 '17 08:46

The Juliana Church on Zaandijkstraat in Rotterdam was destroyed in a large fire on Sunday night. The fire department considers the building, located in the Heijplaat neighborhood, as lost. No one was injured, NOS report.

The wooden floors and roof beams meant that the fire spread very quickly. The fire department managed to get the fire under control during the early hours of Monday morning, but firefighters could not enter the building to continue extinguishing it due to the risk of collapse. The church's tower top collapsed in the fire. 

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Aug 3 '17 10:10

A woman was found dead in a burning house on Oslofjord in Delfzijl, Groningen on Thursday morning. The police believe she is the resident of the home. The cause of the fire is being investigated, RTL Nieuws reports.

A trauma helicopter was dispatched with the fire department because the authorities believed that someone was in the home, according to RTL. But the woman was already dead when firefighters found her. As far as is known, the woman died in the fire. 

The cause of the fire is still unknown. 

Home on Kerkweg in Vaassen destroyed by explosion and subsequent fire, 2 Aug 2017
Aug 2 '17 10:30

The Gelderland village of Vaassen was woken by a massive explosion early on Wednesday morning. The explosion and subsequent fire completely destroyed the home on Kerkweg where it happened, RTL Nieuws reports.

Surprisingly, no one was injured. The three residents of the home managed to get out unharmed. 

The explosion and fire happened around 3:30 a.m., according to Omroep Gelderland. By 5:00 a.m. firefighters had the fire under control. The explosion also damaged some surrounding homes, where windows did not survive the blast.

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Aug 1 '17 13:20

The fire brigade is not discriminating by judging men and women equally in the firefighters' periodic condition test, the College for Human Rights ruled, NOS reports.

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Aug 1 '17 07:45

Emergency services responded en masse to the Shell Pernis refinery in Rotterdam on Monday night after a leak of hydrofluoric acid was discovered. Less than 48 hours earlier, emergency services also responded to the refinery when a short circuit in a high voltage cable caused a fire, NU.nl reports.

A very low concentration of the hazardous substance leaked when flushing pipes, according to the local safety office. The leak was discovered around 10:15 p.m. By 00:30 a.m. the Shell staff managed to close the leak. The acid did not leak off the Shell premises.

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Jul 28 '17 13:40

Firefighters found a critically injured man, with what seemed to be gunshot wounds, while extinguishing a fire in a home in Rotterdam on Friday morning, ANP reports.

The fire brigade responded to the house on Hooidrift after a fire broke out there on Friday morning. "During the extinguishing they encountered the victim, who did not seem to be unwell due to smoke. He was very hurt", a police spokesperson said to the news wire. "Our estimation is that he has a gunshot wound."

20,000 pigs killed in a fire on a farm on Erichemsewal near Erichem in Gelderland, 27 Jul 2017
Jul 28 '17 08:05

Twenty thousand pigs were killed in a fire that broke out in a pig farm on Erichemsewal just outside the Gelderland town of Erichem on Thursday. Asbestos was released in a small area around the stable, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid. 

The fire, and the extinguishing thereof, was accompanied by a lot of smoke in a large area around the farm. Local residents were warned to keep their windows and doors closed. Guests at a campsite in Erichem were told to stay inside their caravans or go to the main building, NU.nl reports.

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Jul 27 '17 08:26

Amsterdam fire department commander Leen Schaap is still struggling to change the culture within the corps, which still shows signs of discrimination, racism and bullying, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and municipal secretary Arjan van Gils said in a letter to the city council, NU.nl reports.

Forest fire raging in La Croix-Valmer, France, 24 Jul 2017
Jul 25 '17 15:00

Dozens of Dutch tourists were evacuated from their holiday homes and campsites in southern France on Tuesday due to fierce forest fires in the area. The dry, hot weather and strong winds mean that the fires are spreading quickly, but the French fire department says it has the situation under reasonable control, the Telegraaf reports.

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Jul 25 '17 14:20

The fire departments from Lochem and Barchem evacuated the FrieslandCampina buildings on Kanaalstraat in Lochem after an unexpected chemical reaction with nitric acid created an "orange cloud". The roads around the dairy factory are also closed while firefighters take measurements, the Gelderlander reports.

Jul 24 '17 16:10

Two men from Belgium are suspected of setting a large fire in the cave system on the border between Maastricht and the Belgian village of Kanne last week. The fire started on Thursday night and is still burning, RTL Nieuws reports.

On Saturday morning the fire department gave up on extinguishing the fire and are now just keeping it under control while it burns out. That can take weeks. Both Maastricht and Kanne are covered in smoke. "People must take a week or two of smoke and stench into account", a spokesperson for the fire department said to the broadcaster.

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Jul 21 '17 09:29

The police are calling on people who took photos and videos of a fiin Diemen on Wednesday morning, to submit these to investigators. A 27-year-old man was found dead after the fire. Four others were injured, two of them critically.

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Jul 20 '17 07:21

An external investigation will soon be launched into whether the fire department checked all homes in a Diemen apartment building while e on Wednesday morning, Diemen mayor Lex Scholten said on Wednesday afternoon, RTL Nieuws reports.

The use of drones by police departments around the world to easily monitor crowds of people is increasing. (credit Daily Mail)
Jul 19 '17 16:20

The Twente fire department had to deploy a drone to guide a woman and two police officers out of the nature reserve in Haaksbergen after they got lost on Tuesday night. The elderly lady got lost while on a walk, and while two police officers were able to find her, they weren't able to find their way back, the Telegraaf reports.

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Jul 19 '17 07:53

Three people were injured in a fire in an apartment building in Diemen on Wednesday morning. One of them sustained serious injuries. Firefighters evacuated the 16 story building, pulling dozens of people from their beds, NOS reports.

The fire started around 3:45 a.m. in a home on the ground floor of the building on Rode Kruislaan. Firefighters extinguished it pretty quickly and are now working on ventilating the home and rest of the building. The gas, water and power to the building are all out, the fire department said on twitter.

Fire department helps deal with flooding in Mellisant, Zuid-Holland, 12 Jul 2017
Jul 12 '17 13:25

Heavy rainfall across the Netherlands caused problems in many places on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday Weerplaza expected up to 50 millimeters of rain to fall in some places on Wednesday. Around 10:00 a.m. the most rain had fallen in Zuid-Holland and Zeeland, about 34 millimeters, according to the weather service.

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Jul 11 '17 08:46

Flights to and from Eindhoven Airport were halted for a short time on Monday afternoon after the air traffic control tower had to be evacuated due to a strange smell, AD reports.

Personnel in the tower started suffering from respiratory irritation and noticed a strange smell. The fire department was called in to take measurements. The tower was evacuated as a precaution. 

The fire department found nothing dangerous and the personnel could return to their posts.

22 teens rescued from a burning boat in the Biesbosch, 10 Jul 2017
Jul 11 '17 07:38

A fire on a pleasure boat in the Biesbosch gave around 20 teenagers quite a fright on Monday evening. An alert scouting boat were able to rescue the youngsters, pulling most of them out of the water after they jumped overboard. No one sustained serious injuries, AD reports. 

Crime scene
Jul 10 '17 07:25

A 5-year-old girl drowned in the Sloterplas in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon, the police said in a statement.

Emergency services and bystanders launched a search for the little girl around 5:05 p.m., when her mother lost sight of her. After a short search, firefighters and divers pulled the girl out of the water. Attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.

The police believe this was a fatal accident.

Fires caused by lightning strikes burnt down three homes on Naardermeer in Naarden, 7 Jul 2017
Jul 7 '17 12:20

Fires caused by lightning strikes burnt down three homes on the Naardermeer in Naarden during the early hours of Friday morning. "Three of our neighbors are now homeless", a stunned local resident said to RTL Nieuws.

The first fire broke out around 3:00 a.m. at a farm with two homes on it. The fire department responded en masse, but could not prevent both homes from going up in smoke. "A 400 year-old farmhouse. There were two homes in the building", the neighbor explained. Both were destroyed.

Jul 7 '17 07:28

An apartment building in Oosterhout was evacuated early Friday morning after a large fire started in one of the apartments. Firefighters took 30 people from their beds. No one was injured, Omroep Brabant reports.

The three-story apartment building is located on Vrijheidsstraat. The apartment in which the fire started, burnt out completely. Tree other homes sustained damage, and the fire department is still investigating a further two apartments for damage. 

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Jun 30 '17 13:55

The number of female firefighters, both professional and volunteer, decreased significantly over the past year. This year there are 25 percent less volunteer and 10 percent less professional female firefighters. A new, more intense condition test and changes within the corps are to blame, according to the federation for volunteer firefighters VBV, NOS reports. 

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