Firefighters using a crane to try and get to a fire in the old Ministry of Housing building in The Hague (Picture: Twitter/@oparuudje) - Credit: Firefighters using a crane to try and get to a fire in the old Ministry of Housing building in The Hague (Picture: Twitter/@oparuudje)
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10:15
Large fire in The Hague brings tram traffic to a halt
A large fire broke out at the old Ministry of Housing building on Rijnstraat in The Hague on Friday morning. The building is located next to The Hague Central Station. The tram traffic has been partially brought to a halt, lines 9, 15, 16 and 17 are being diverted. Emergency services have responded en masse. The flames can be seen on the 13th and 14th floor from the outside of the building. A spokesperson for the fire department told NU that "some wall panels are warping and we can't reach it from the inside". The building is currently under construction. Firefighters borrowed a crane from the construction workers and are using it to see "what is burning, how we can get to it and how we can tackle it quickly". At this stage it is not necessary to evacuate The Hague Central Station.