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Jul 19 '18 11:30

Liander seriously endangered a number of firefighters during a fire in a transformer house along the rails in Hilversum on Saturday, according to mayor Pieter Broertjes. The energy supplier stated that the power was shut down remotely, but when the fire brigade started extinguishing the fire, the building was still under high voltage, the mayor wrote in a letter to the Hilversum city council, NOS reports.

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May 11 '18 07:40

Firefighters and local residents rescued three children from a burning apartment on Grienderwaard in Rotterdam-IJsselmonde on Thursday night. The children suffered minor burns and were taken to hospital for treatment, AD reports.

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Jan 10 '18 09:30

A staff member of a sports center in Lochem died and a colleague was injured when they were trapped inside a sea container. The box was used to store compressed wood biomass pellets for the swimming pool heating system there.

Emergency rescue crews responded to De Beemd in Lochem. Firefighters broke open the container and rescued the two unwell workers.

For one of the workers the assistance came too late. His colleague is now recovering in the hospital. The identity of the victims is still unknown.

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Nov 1 '17 14:30

One person was seriously injured in an explosion in an apartment on Van Schuijlenburchstraat in Delft on Wednesday morning. The fire department evacuated the apartment building. The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition, eyewitnesses told AD.

The explosion happened in an empty apartment managed by housing company Vidomes. It was a Vidomes employee who was injured. He was doing work in the apartment when the explosion happened. "A message we are of course incredibly shocked by", the company said, according to the newspaper.

Firefighters at the scene of a fire in the Grotius building at Radboud University Nijmegen, 17 Oct 2017
Oct 17 '17 12:00

The Grotius building of the Radboud University in Nijmegen was evacuated after a fire broke out around 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday. The fire is now extinguished, but firefighters are still working on ventilating the building on Montessorilaan, De Gelderlander reports.

Due to a large amount of smoke, firefighters had difficulty locating the spot where the fire was raging. They found it around 9:05 a.m. and by 9:45 a.m. the fire was under control.

A fire destroys the monumental former town hall in Wolvega, Friesland, 12 Sept 2017
Sep 13 '17 08:20

The former town hall of Wolvega, Friesland was destroyed in a fire on Tuesday night. The upper floor of the monumental building burnt out completely, and the ground floor sustained significant damage, NU.nl reports.

The building on Heerenveenseweg is listed as a national monument. The fire was first reported around 10:15 p.m. The Fryslân fire department responded with a lot of man power. By 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, firefighters had the fire under control, though were still working on extinguishing it.

Emergency services at the scene of a massive fire at Holland Casino in Groningen, the casino was completely destroyed, 27 Aug 2017
Aug 28 '17 08:37

The Holland Casino in Groningen was completely destroyed in a massive fire that was discovered around 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, and which firefighters finally managed to get under control around 3:30 p.m. No one was seriously injured, but millions of euros of damage was done, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

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Aug 14 '17 11:10

A motorist was lucky to escape with only a fright when his car suddenly caught fire while he was driving through Waalwijk during the early hours of Monday morning, Omroep Brabant reports.

The motorist was driving on Biesbosweg around 2:15 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming out of the car. He pulled over and called the fire department. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the car was already enveloped in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire using foam. Not much is left of the car, according to the broadcaster. 

Aug 2 '17 07:31

Part of the A9 highway is closed between the junction Raasdorp en Haarlem Zuid on Wednesday morning due to a fire. The fire broke out in a storage unit near Polderbaan on Schiphol, NOS reports.

Large clouds of smoke could be seen coming from the building on Schipholweg. Schipholweg and part of the A9 were closed and a lower speed limit is in effect for the highway. Air traffic is not hindered by the fire. But motorists should take into account that it may take longer than usual to reach the airport this morning. 

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Aug 1 '17 13:20

The fire brigade is not discriminating by judging men and women equally in the firefighters' periodic condition test, the College for Human Rights ruled, NOS reports.

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Jul 28 '17 13:40

Firefighters found a critically injured man, with what seemed to be gunshot wounds, while extinguishing a fire in a home in Rotterdam on Friday morning, ANP reports.

The fire brigade responded to the house on Hooidrift after a fire broke out there on Friday morning. "During the extinguishing they encountered the victim, who did not seem to be unwell due to smoke. He was very hurt", a police spokesperson said to the news wire. "Our estimation is that he has a gunshot wound."

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Jul 27 '17 08:26

Amsterdam fire department commander Leen Schaap is still struggling to change the culture within the corps, which still shows signs of discrimination, racism and bullying, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and municipal secretary Arjan van Gils said in a letter to the city council, NU.nl reports.

Jul 19 '17 14:20

Emergency services discovered a body in an apartment building in Diemen on Wednesday morning. The building on Rode Kruislaan was earlier on Wednesday. A person with serious injuries was also found in the building, in addition to three others reported injured earlier this morning, ANP reports.

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Jul 19 '17 07:53

Three people were injured in a fire in an apartment building in Diemen on Wednesday morning. One of them sustained serious injuries. Firefighters evacuated the 16 story building, pulling dozens of people from their beds, NOS reports.

The fire started around 3:45 a.m. in a home on the ground floor of the building on Rode Kruislaan. Firefighters extinguished it pretty quickly and are now working on ventilating the home and rest of the building. The gas, water and power to the building are all out, the fire department said on twitter.

Fires caused by lightning strikes burnt down three homes on Naardermeer in Naarden, 7 Jul 2017
Jul 7 '17 12:20

Fires caused by lightning strikes burnt down three homes on the Naardermeer in Naarden during the early hours of Friday morning. "Three of our neighbors are now homeless", a stunned local resident said to RTL Nieuws.

The first fire broke out around 3:00 a.m. at a farm with two homes on it. The fire department responded en masse, but could not prevent both homes from going up in smoke. "A 400 year-old farmhouse. There were two homes in the building", the neighbor explained. Both were destroyed.

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Jul 6 '17 07:29

An 8-year-old boy from Belgium drowned in a natural pool on the Flaasbloem campgrounds in in Chaam, Noord-Brabant on Wednesday afternoon. The boy was visiting family at the campsite, NU.nl reports.

Alarm was sounded on the campsite around 5:00 p.m. when the boy from Zonnebeke was nowhere to be found. Police, firefighters, paramedics and an air ambulance responded to the site, because there were concerns that the child ended up in the natural pool.

The use of drones by police departments around the world to easily monitor crowds of people is increasing. (credit Daily Mail)
Jul 5 '17 14:30

The municipality of Enschede signed an agreement with drone maker DJI in which DJI will  train firefighters and paramedics in flying drones. Drones are expected to one day play a big role in emergency situations, and this agreement is intended to make sure that Dutch emergency workers are able to use them, RTL Z reports.

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Jun 23 '17 11:30

A fire in the Preston Palace hotel in Almelo on Thursday night ended with three men arrested and one treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. The police believe arson was involved, RTL Nieuws reports.

The fire broke out around 10:00 p.m. Some 400 guests had to be evacuated. One guest was taken to hospital with respiratory problems. Another one was advised to go see a GP. 

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Jun 23 '17 08:05

Dutch firefighters had their hands full battling forest fires in the Noord-Brabant nature area Mariapeel and on Terschelling during the early hours of Friday morning. The fires in both areas are now under control, with occasional flare-ups. Firefighters and the Forestry Commission are monitoring the areas, keeping the edges around the fires wet so it can't spread, Omroep Brabant and NOS report.

Jun 19 '17 09:07

A 22-year-old student was killed in a house fire on Emmanuel Murandstraat in Leeuwarden early on Monday morning. Firefighters rescued the victim with a crane and resuscitated him at the scene. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died of his injuries, the Leeuwarder Courant reports.

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Jun 15 '17 12:05

The Amsterdam police had to close down the Van Hogendorpplein and a number of surrounding streets on Thursday morning because a seemingly disturbed man was throwing bricks from the roof of the Westerpark school. It took firefighters and a police negotiator over an hour to talk him down, Het Parool reports.

The man was taken to a hospital by ambulance. His condition is unknown.

Local residents told Het Parool that the man lives on nearby Van der Duinstraad and has mental health problems. His neighbors describe him as flirty and "eccentric". 

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Jun 12 '17 09:47

A fire in a Breda apartment on Sunday night, seems to have been set during an argument between the residents. Investigators believe this to be a case of arson and domestic violence, the police said on Twitter.

The apartment's female resident was arrested, the man was taken to hospital. Prior to the fire in the apartment on Nieuwe Diesstraat, the couple was heard arguing, Omroep Brabant reports.

The involved apartment burnt out completely. And the apartment above it sustained smoke damage. Firefighters managed to save the rest of the building from any significant damage. 

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Jun 12 '17 07:27

After over seven hours of searching, emergency services found the body of a 14-year-old boy in lake 't Zand in Alphen late on Sunday night. The Tilburg boy disappeared under water while swimming with friends around 4:00 p.m. that afternoon. The lake is usually used for recreational purposes, like swimming, Omroep Brabant reports.

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May 29 '17 08:51

A 14-year-old boy from Helmond was killed when he was hit by a jet-ski on the Maas river near Well on Saturday afternoon. A 26-year-old man from Zaltbommel was arrested and was still in custody by Sunday evening, the police said in a statement. 

The boy disappeared under water around 5:00 p.m. Bystanders report seeing the boy jumping from a boat and then being hit by a jet-ski. 

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