Firefighter drill gets out of hand at monument building

Geldrop accident fire
Firefighters battle a blaze sparked by a drill in Geldrop. July 5, 2016. (photo: Wijkagent Jan en Ger / Twitte). Firefighters battle a blaze sparked by a drill in Geldrop. July 5, 2016. (photo: Wijkagent Jan en Ger / Twitte)

A practice run for firefighters in Geldrop spiralled out of control Tuesday night leading to a large scale fire in a landmark building. The monument on Stationsstraat in the Noord-Brabant town was vacant at the time of the fire.

As of Wednesday morning it was still not known what went wrong with the drill. The extent of damage to the house will be evaluated later in the day.

Video footage from the scene showed the building’s attic and first floor engulfed in flames. There were no injuries reported from the incident.

The fire was first called into emergency services at 8:50 p.m. Crews were still working at the location at 5:30 a.m.

The house was scheduled for renovation work this summer, with plans to convert it into luxury apartments, broadcaster NOS reported.

 

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