Wednesday, 9 March 2016 - 14:20
Homeless people rescued from Amersfoort building fire
The police rescued two homeless people from a burning former school building in Amersfoort on Wednesday. The building caught fire around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday already, but due to a risk of collapse firefighters could not enter the building to search for people. The two homeless people were sleeping in a part of the building on Keerkring that hasn't collapsed, but was on fire, RTV Utrecht reports. Their faces were black from the soot, but paramedics determined that they were unharmed. "We woke up this morning and the whole building was gone", one said to the broadcaster. The two people are being questioned by the police. At this stage they are considered witnesses and not suspects, because there is no indication that they were involved in setting the fire. Emergency services have no reason to believe that there are still people in the building, but can not rule out the possibility. Firefighters are still unable to enter part of the old school building because of heat and danger of collapse. Firefighters worked through the night to get the fire under control, only managing to do so around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. They are still working on extinguishing the fire. Initially there were concerns about asbestos being released with the smoke, but firefighter measurements showed no increased concentration of harmful substances, according to the Amersfoort municipality.