One killed, seven hurt in Rotterdam apartment fire

Fire hose (Photo: Vitaliy Ragulin / Wikimedia Commons). (Fire hose (Photo: Vitaliy Ragulin / Wikimedia Commons))

A fire on the 7th floor of an apartment building on Söderblomplaats in Rotterdam left one person dead on Thursday night. Seven others were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, AD report.

The fire started in the victim's apartment. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the 62-year-old man, but it was to no avail. The fire was difficult to extinguish because the apartment in which it started was very messy, according to the newspaper. Firefighters managed to keep the fire from spreading to other apartments, and around 2:30 a.m. on Friday the brigade announced that it was extinguished. 

The apartment building, which consists of 20 floors and 160 apartments, was partly evacuated. Everyone on the 6th floor and above had to leave their homes due to smoke and carbon monoxide. Residents on the lower five floors were allowed to stay after their homes were properly ventilated.