The chaotic scene after a building collapsed on the Markt in Den Bosch. Feb. 27, 2016 (photo: Maikel van der Donk / Politie) - Credit: The chaotic scene after a building collapsed on the Markt in Den Bosch. Feb. 27, 2016 (photo: Maikel van der Donk / Politie)
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:03
No injuries in late-night building collapse
Following a search using sniffer dogs, police confirmed that there were no injuries or fatalities caused by a sudden building collapse on the main Markt square in Den Bosch. Witnesses said they heard a bang, and then the building crumbled like a house of cards on Saturday night at about 11 p.m. The building had a Pearle optician’s office on the ground floor. Vacant apartments above the office were being converted into warehouse space. Construction crews entered the Pearle to start ground floor renovation work right after the optician closed at 5 p.m. They worked straight through until 10 p.m., neighbors said. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation. It is not clear if other buildings were damaged in the collapse, police said. The building, at the corner of Markt and Hinthamerstraat, was right next to the birthplace of famed artist Hieronymus Bosch.