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Oct 18 '19 07:21

A burning car containing multiple jerrycans crashed into a police station in Kerkrade at around 5:00 a.m. on Friday morning. No one was injured, the Limburg police said on Twitter.

The incident happened at the police station on Kerkradersteenweg. The car crashed through the glass entrance of the station, according to RTL Nieuws. At least one jerrycan was on fire and the car may have been pushed into the station, a police spokesperson said to the broadcaster.

The fire was quickly extinguished. The jerrycans were filled with - presumably flammable - liquid. 

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Oct 17 '19 10:20

Dutch insurers and firefighters are seeing more and more fires caused by lithium-ion batteries, which are used in electric bicycles, toys, smartphones and tablets. The Salvage Foundation, which offers first help to victims of a major fire on behalf of insurers, responded to 100 fires caused by such batteries last year, compared to 72 in 2017, the Dutch Association of Insurers announced with its annual figures.

Large fire in a vacant building on Eerste Helmersstraat in Amsterdam-West, 11 Oct 2019
Oct 11 '19 11:10

A large fire broke out in a vacant building on Eerste Helmersstraat in Amsterdam-West on Friday morning. As far as is known, no one was injured.

The fire department responded to the scene at around 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Het Parool reports. The strong wind blew sparks all over the street, causing a risk that the fire would spread to other buildings.

Firefighters managed to keep the fire from spreading, but surrounding homes were evacuated as a precaution. A total of 60 residents are being sheltered elsewhere in the neighborhood.

New Year's bonfire tower on Scheveningen beach, 31 December 2018
Oct 3 '19 10:26

The organization of New Year's bonfires on the beaches in Scheveningen and Duindorp must change fundamentally, because the builders of the bonfires do not comply with agreements made with the municipality of The Hague, the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said in a report. The OVV investigated the bonfires tradition after the Scheveningen bonfire got out of hand this past New Year's

Police guard in a detention center
Sep 27 '19 07:50

A minor was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of setting a very large number of fires in the Gelderland village of Zuilichem over the past months, the police said in a statement. The girl was arrested in her home on Boogerd just before 10:00 p.m., according to Omroep Gelderland. 

Sep 20 '19 07:31

A fire broke out in a business premises on Zevenheuvelenweg in Tilburg during the early hours of Thursday morning. The fire spread to three adjacent buildings, a spokesperson for local safety office Veiligheidsregio Midden- en West-Brabant said to NU.nl. Witnesses reported hearing multiple explosions.

Sep 16 '19 08:27

Two boys, aged 6 and 9, were killed in a house fire in Strijbeek, Noord-Brabant, during the early hours of Sunday morning. Two adults were injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the police found no indication of a crime or negligence, a police spokesperson said to RTL Nieuws.

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Sep 12 '19 07:30

Firefighters found the body of a person in a Haarlem apartment after a fire in the flat on Wednesday night, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland confirmed on Twitter. The cause of the fire and the victim's identity are not yet known.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the apartment building on Rudolf Steinerstraat just before 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, according to AD. A spokesperson for the Haarlem fire department told the newspaper that there was an explosion before the fire. 

Firefighters and police respond to an Amsterdam Oost incident
Sep 10 '19 17:00

A fire at a care home in Amsterdam left one person "severely injured" on Tuesday afternoon. The resident was transported to an area hospital with burn wounds, authorities said.

Several other people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, authorities said. The blaze occurred in the Amsta facility on Van 't Hooflaan in the Watergraafsmeer neighborhood of Amsterdam Oost. The building is a specialized location for housing elderly people with dementia.

Haarlem station
Aug 20 '19 17:00

Two trains were set on fire at the train station in Haarlem on Monday night. Bottles of combustible material were found on both trains and the police suspect arson.

The first fire was reported at 8:30 p.m. and had already been extinguished when the police arrived, the police said in a statement. The second fire was reported at 11:30 p.m. and was extinguished with the help of the fire department.

Phosphorus covered rocks spontaneously caught fire in a child's pram in Nieuwvliet-Bad, 11 August 2019
Aug 12 '19 16:10

The fire department in Cadzand, Zeeland extinguished a strange fire in a vacation home on Sunday. The family had picked up some rocks while walking on the beach earlier that day and put them in the bottom of a pram. Back in their vacation home in Nieuwvliet-Bad, the rocks spontaneously caught fire. It turns out the rocks were covered in phosphorous, the fire department said on Facebook.

Aug 8 '19 16:00

The police made an embarrassing mistake when sending a mass SMS on Thursday morning. In the SMS about a house fire in Nieuwleusen, the police accidentally included a link to a pornographic web page instead of to the police website, authorities confirm.

Nearly two thousand people received the SMS in regards to the July 14 fire which left a 22-year-old man dead. In an attempt to canvass for witnesses, the police sent the message to anyone whose phone had registered in the vicinity of the crime scene the morning the fire took place.

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Aug 5 '19 11:10

The Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal investigations at government services like the police, is investigating the death of a 42-year-old man from Leeuwarden who died after the police intervened in a fight in a mental health institution on Wednesday, NOS reports.

The police responded to the GGZ clinic on Borniastraat in Leeuwarden on Wednesday evening. Patients were fighting with each other and a fire had broken out. Clinic staff called the police to help with a patient who was resisting their attempts to calm him down, according to the broadcaster.

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Aug 1 '19 10:10

The Tilburg neighborhood of Goirke Hasselt rang in August with fire. There were six fires in the neighborhood between midnight and 2:00 a.m. on Thursday. Scooters, a caravan, and a company car, among other things, went up in flames, Brabants Dagblad reports.

The first fire was reported at around midnight. A fence was on fire on Lambert De Wijsstraat. At around 00:30 a.m. a police officer was extinguishing two burning scooters on Goirkestraat, around 300 meters away from the first fire. He managed to dampen the flames using multiple fire extinguishers, according to the newspaper.

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Jul 30 '19 13:40

A 16-year-old boy from Nieuwleusen was arrested for setting a fire in his home two weeks ago. His 22-year-old brother died in the fire. The teenager is suspected of arson, the police said in a statement.

The fire happened in the home on Zwartewaterland during the early hours of Sunday, July 14th. The parents managed to escape the flames, but their 22-year-old son died. The fire started in the attic, where his bedroom was, the local safety office said to NU.nl.

German police officers
Jul 16 '19 10:10

Arson may have been involved in a fire at a German sauna club in which a 64-year-old Dutch man died on Sunday, the German police said, AD reports.

The fire at Gallardo Sauna Club in Hamminkeln broke out during the early hours of Sunday morning. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the Dutch man, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.

The Duisburg police are investigating the cause of the fire and this investigation led them to believe arson was involved, according to AD. 

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Jul 15 '19 11:50

A 64-year-old man died in a fire at a sauna club in the German town of Hamminkeln on Sunday morning. Three men were arrested for hindering firefighters while they were extinguishing the fire. The victim came from the Netherlands, other visitors to the Gallardo Sauna Club said to NU.nl.

The sauna was completely destroyed in the fire. First responders tried to resuscitate the Dutch man, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.

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Jul 8 '19 10:20

The Moeder Theresa church in Hengelo was destroyed by a fire during the early hours of Monday morning. The fire is now under control, though firefighters are still working on extinguishing it completely. The building can be considered lost, according to the fire brigade, Tubantia reports.

Dutch emergency services in action
Jul 5 '19 11:44

Two people were killed on Friday after an explosion blew out the facade of an apartment in Vlaardingen, police confirmed. The incident took place shortly after 9:10 a.m. on the Van der Waalstraat in the Zuid-Holland city about five kilometers west of Rotterdam.

The two victims were initially reported as injured in the blast, which then led to a fire. Neighbors said a family with children was living in the apartment where the explosion took place, according to local broadcaster RTV Rijnmond.

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Jun 20 '19 07:45

Multiple fires were caused by lightning strikes while thunderstorms raged across the Netherlands on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the fires. An 18-year-old student was struck by lightning at a military base in Ossendrecht. He was admitted to a burns center in Antwerp with burns and severe damage to his lungs, his school reported.

Firefighters
Jun 6 '19 07:57

One person was killed in a fire at a care complex on Sietze Hepkemalaan in the Friesland village of Sint Nicolaasga during the early hours of Thursday morning. The fire has since been extinguished, NU.nl reports.

At around 1:00 a.m. firefighters had the fire under control and were working on extinguishing it. Evacuated residents could return to their homes after the building was examined. A few residents had to spend the night elsewhere in the complex due to fire damage.

Firefighters
May 22 '19 11:50

The police arrested two suspects in connection with a fire at a primary school in Renkum in Gelderland on Tuesday evening. Both suspects are minors, aged 13 and 17 years old, and come from the Gelderland village, the police said on Wednesday.

The fire at the Albert Schweitzerschool broke out at around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, NU.nl reports. Firefighters quickly established that it was arson. The first suspect was arrested at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, shortly after the fire was extinguished. The second suspect was arrested 30 minutes later.

May 20 '19 07:31

Stormy weather caused a lot of problems in the eastern parts of the Netherlands on Sunday. Streets in multiple towns flooded and a lightning strike brought train traffic between Zwolle and Olst to a halt. Lightning strikes also caused a number of small fires, RTL Nieuws reports.

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the eastern half of the Netherlands on Sunday, warning of lightning strikes and large amounts of rainfall. Some places also faced large hailstones.

Asylum center on Amstelstraat in Winterswijk cordoned off after possible arson, 17 May 2019
May 17 '19 18:30

Police in Winterswijk are investigating evidence suggesting arson may have caused a fire at a residential center for asylum seekers. Several people living at the Amstelstraat facility were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

No victims were hospitalized.

Firefighters rescued several people after the “medium-sized fire” was reported early at about 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, police said. The blaze swept through the first floor of the housing complex, but was quickly brought under control by firefighters.

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