Worker trapped in Rotterdam broadcast tower fire; Some radio off-air

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Emergency services fighting a fire in the broadcasting tower on the Waalhaven in Rotterdam, 30 Mar 2016 (Photo: @BuurtprAlbrw/Twitter). (Emergency services fighting a fire in the broadcasting tower on the Waalhaven in Rotterdam, 30 Mar 2016 (Photo: @BuurtprAlbrw/Twitter))

Update, 16:10, 30 March 2016: The worker who was trapped in the broadcast tower was rescued by about 2:30 p.m., RTV Rijnmond reported.

A fire broke out in a broadcast tower on Anthony Fokkerweg on the Waalhaven in Rotterdam. One worker was trapped in the tower due to heavy volumes of smoke on the lower levels. Several regional broadcasters were off-the-air because of the fire, and national radio stations needing the transmitters on the tower to repeat their signal to cover a wider terrestrial area were also having problems.

The person trapped in the tower was stuck near the 17th floor, and could not come down because of the smoke, a spokesperson for the fire department said to Dutch newspaper AD. Firefighters were in contact with the person via telephone, and were working feverishly to come up with a rescue plan.

A spokesperson for Alticom, the owner of the tower, told RTV Rijnmond that the person who was trapped in the tower is one of their employees. He was in the broadcasting tower busy with an inspection when the fire began, and was eventually rescued from the building at about 2:30 p.m.

The fire department received the first report of the fire about an hour earlier.

Regional broadcasters Radio Rijnmond and Radio West were not broadcast for technical problems caused by the fire. Other stations that use the tower, like Radio 1, Radio 4 and several commercial broadcasters were also affected. According to NU.nl all of these stations were still broadcasting online.

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