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Jun 13 '19 07:55

The police responded to Molenstraat in Zundert in large numbers on Thursday morning due to an explosive left behind after a failed ATM bombing. Explosive experts and firefighters are also at the scene. Surrounding homes were evacuated, the police said on Twitter.

The explosive was left by two men who wanted to blow open an ATM in the center of the Noord-Brabant village sometime between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, according to Omroep Brabant. The two suspects fled the scene on a scooter. Bystanders told the broadcaster that it involves an ABN Amro ATM. 

Fallen tree branches in Amsterdam Oost after a thunderstorm, 6 June 2019
Jun 6 '19 15:10

Severe thunderstorms that hit the Netherlands on Tuesday and Wednesday nights caused a lot of damage throughout the country.

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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.

A tree fell onto the overhead line between Eindhoven and Helmond, 4 June 2019
Jun 5 '19 07:39

The thunderstorms that crossed the Netherlands on Tuesday night caused damage throughout the country. Dozens of reports were received, most regarding fallen trees or roofs being blown from houses. One person was hospitalized after a tree fell on a moving car, NOS reports.

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.

May 14 '19 08:01

The police and fire department suspect that a large wildfire on the Veluwe in Epe on Monday was deliberately lit. Some 100 by 200 meters of heather burned down. A suspect was arrested after a short search. "We had a good description", a spokesperson for the police said to Omroep Gelderland.

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May 7 '19 07:36

Some 300 canoes were destroyed in a fire at canoe rental company Rofra in Valkenswaard during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The police and fire department suspect arson. "There is someone who is really angry at me", Rofra owner Michel Geenen said to newspaper AD.

The fire at the company on Molenstraat started just after midnight. The fire brigade responded with two fire trucks and two water tanks. Firefighters managed to get the fire under control within 30 minutes, but not fast enough to save any of the canoes.

May 6 '19 10:59

A fire broke out in a New York Pizza building on Nobelstraat in the center of Utrecht after an explosion on Monday morning, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht said on Twitter. The fire department is at the scene in large numbers to extinguish the fire, NU.nl reports.

Exactly what caused the explosion is not yet clear, a spokesperson for the safety office said to the newspaper. It is also unknown whether anyone was in the building when the explosion happened. Paramedics are treating a number of people for smoke inhalation, the spokesperson said.

Apr 25 '19 08:29

A large fire destroyed a detached farmhouse on Driehoevenweg in Heukelom, Noord-Brabant on Thursday morning. The residents managed to get out of the burning house safely. The parents and their children stood on the street watching their home go up in flames, AD reports.

The farmhouse was completely destroyed in the fire, which broke out at around 5:00 a.m. A shed containing a lot of valuable DJ equipment also burned to the ground.

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Apr 25 '19 07:55

Barrels containing the explosive substance picric acid were found in a chemistry room at Groningen high school CSG Augustine. The Ministry of Defense's explosives clearance department removed the barrels from the school and safely detonated it elsewhere, RTV Noord reports.

School director Ritske Pieter Tulner told the broadcaster that the substance was stored in a closed area of the chemistry room. "It is one of the many substances that we have collected over the years. In this case it is picric acid. That can dry out and then become explosive."

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Apr 24 '19 08:26

A fire truck responding to a wildfire between Baarn and Hilversum, crashed in Baarn on Tuesday. The fire truck collided with a passenger car and landed on its side. A total of five people were hurt, RTL Nieuws reports.

There were two people in the passenger car, and four firefighters in the truck. All four firefighters were taken to hospital, a spokesperson for the fire department said to the broadcaster. One of the people in the passenger car was unhurt, the other was also taken to hospital by ambulance.

Easter bonfire
Apr 22 '19 11:00

A holiday park in Erica in Drenthe was evacuated on Sunday evening after an Easter bonfire got out of control and threatened to spread to the bungalows. The fire has since been extinguished and the holiday makers were allowed to return to their homes. No one was injured, NU.nl reports.

Burning parts were blown from the bonfire, and started fires in the forest in which the bungalow park is located. The fires were quickly extinguished.

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Apr 22 '19 10:10

Emergency services in Kaatsheuvel had their hands full with two house fires in the Noord-Brabant village during the early hours of Monday morning. A total of two people were taken to hospital with injuries, Brabants Dagblad reports.

The first fire broke out in a home on Poorthuys at around 2:30 a.m.. Two people were rescued from the home. One was taken to hospital by ambulance, to be treated for smoke inhalation. The fire did a great deal of damage to the home.  

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Apr 22 '19 08:14

A woman was killed and three people injured in two separate fires in the province of Noord-Brabant during the early hours of Monday morning.

The woman died in a fire in her home on Kleine Dreef in Veldhoven. The cause of the fire, which broke out at around 5:15 a.m., is not yet known, according to ANP.

Three people were injured when a fire broke out in an apartment complex on Hoofdstraat in the town of Liessel. The severity of their injuries is not yet clear. According to NOS, two of the victims were taken to hospital. 

Apr 19 '19 07:59

A large fire broke out in nature reserve De Soester Duinen on Thursday afternoon. It took the fire department hours to get the wildfire under control. Up to four hectares of forest was burned, the local safety office said, NU.nl reports.

The fire department divided the area into two parts and fought the fire from both sides. Extra fire extinguishers were called in to help. The cause of the fire is not yet known. 

People were asked to stay outside the nature reserve while the fire was being fought.

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Apr 17 '19 07:30

A man was killed in an explosion and fire in an apartment in Voorburg during the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Haaglanden fire department confirmed on Twitter. 

The fire broke out just after midnight. Firefighters managed to get the resident out of the burning apartment. Emergency workers tried to resuscitate him, but it was to no avail. The man died at the scene.

Multiple other apartments in the complex on Frans Mortelmansstraat were evacuated. The residents were allowed to return home at around 2:00 a.m.

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Apr 10 '19 07:32

Seven residents of an apartment building on Prinses Annalaan in Leidschendam were taken to hospital on Tuesday to be checked for carbon monoxide poisoning. A total of 16 homes were evacuated, AD reports.

The fire department and ambulance service responded to the apartment building in large numbers on Tuesday afternoon after someone reported smelling gas in the building. Measurements showed that there was no gas leak, but there was a much too high concentration of carbon monoxide in the building.

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Apr 8 '19 18:28

Two people were rescued in Hilversum after their ultralight plane crashed into a tree on Monday. The plane wedged into the tree about ten meters off the ground, leading to an emergency services response at about 12:50 p.m.

Mar 28 '19 07:39

The canteen of football clubs V.V. Deltasport and Cion on Kooikersweg in Vlaardingen was completely destroyed by a fire on Thursday morning. The building has since collapsed. At around 5:30 a.m. the fire department said that the building can no longer be saved, but emergency services did manage to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjacent gallery, RTV Rijnmond reports.

Part of Maastricht's historic city wall collapsed, 23 March 2019
Mar 25 '19 08:39

Part of Maastricht's historic city wall collapsed along the Sint Pieterskade on Saturday night. The few meters high city wall collapsed over a width of 6 meters. The cause is not yet clear. Maastricht plans to quickly rebuild the estimated five-century-old wall, responsible alderman Gert-Jan Krabbendam said on Sunday, NU.nl reports.

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Mar 20 '19 08:23

A cruise ship collided with a cargo ship, loaded with cars, on the Waal river near Nijmegen at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The passengers were all shaken, but unharmed, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid. Public works service Rijkswaterstaat and the fire department evacuated the cruise ship, ANP reports. 

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Mar 19 '19 12:50

A school outing for pupils from primary school De Borg in Assen turned out to be much more exciting than expected on Monday. The bus on which they were traveling to the dolmen in Drenthe suddenly caught fire near Papenvoort, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

The fire started in the engine of the bus. The driver quickly noticed that something was wrong and pulled to the side of the road. All children managed to get safely off the bus, a spokesperson for the fire department said to the newspaper

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Mar 18 '19 07:32

Employees of various sectors are striking for better pensions and to freeze the retirement age at 66 throughout the Netherlands on Monday. The first and most disrupting strike was in public transit between 6:00 a.m. and 7:06 a.m. During that time no NS trains were running, as well as no trams, subways and buses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.

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Feb 28 '19 07:23

An apartment complex on Galvanistraat in Rotterdam was evacuated on Wednesday evening due to flooding after a fire. A total of 250 people were asked to leave their homes. Two residents were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, NU.nl reports.

The fire was extinguished fairly quickly. It set off the building's sprinkler system, which caused a lot of water damage, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond said. A number of electrical installations were affected.

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