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.
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
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.
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.
Seven cars went up in flames in different places in Nijmegen over night. All seven cars can be considered lost. The Gelderland city has been plagued by car fires since the start of this year, with dozens of cars being destroyed since January. In all cases the police suspect arson, or haven't ruled arson out, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The fire department first responded to Meijhorst overnight. There a delivery van was on fire. It burnt out completely. A car parked next to the van was also damaged.
A large fire broke out in the canteen of the Vossius Gymnasium in Amsterdam on Monday evening. The fire caused considerable damage. The 800 pupils of the high school will therefore have the day off on Tuesday, RTL Nieuws reports.
A number of pupils were at the school for night classes when the fire started. They all managed to get out of the building unharmed.
It took firefighters all night to extinguish the fire, according to RTL Nieuws. The fire department had to demolish part of the canteen in order to keep the fire from spreading to the rest of the school.
A leak in a tanker containing petrolad, a collective name for oils used in vehicle engines, in Alblasserdam caused a stench in a large part of the Netherlands on Saturday. There were even complaints about the intense smell from Germany. An NL Alert was sent to warn people to keep their doors and windows closed, AD reports.
Two people were found dead in a home on Max Havelaarlaan in Amstelveen on Sunday night. Emergency services responded to the home after reports of a strange smell, the Telegraaf reports.
A spokesperson for the police told the newspaper that the two victims seemed to have died of natural causes. It is not yet clear how long the bodies lay in the home.
According to regional media, the fire department responded to the scene on Sunday evening and took carbon monoxide measurements. A short time later, an ambulance arrived.
A fire in a flat on Zwaluwenlaan in Vlaardingen left one man dead on Sunday. The fire broke out in the kitchen of the first floor apartment, and was discovered when smoke passed through ventilation ducts and set off smoke alarms on upper floors, a spokesperson for the fire brigade said to ANP.
Firefighters found the man's body in the apartment. Attempts to resuscitate him were to no avail. The fire department quickly extinguished the fire and is investigating how it started.
Specialized police officers from a SWAT team took a minor girl from a high-voltage mast in Warnsveld, Gelderland on Wednesday evening. The girl, who was struggling with psychological issues, spent hours on the mast, the Telegraaf reports.
Even though 10 people were injured in a large explosion on Jan van der Heijdenstraat in The Hague on Sunday, the blast that left three apartments destroyed could have ended so much worse. It is a miracle that no one died, firefighters and experts said to broadcaster NOS.
A 28-year-old man rescued after being trapped in the rubble of a collapsed house in The Hague for eight hours on Sunday, is currently in intensive care in hospital. He had surgery done on both his legs, but is doing well under the circumstances, his cousin told broadcaster NOS.
A large fire broke out in a furniture store on Scheepmakersstraat in The Hague on Monday morning. Multiple buildings, including a hostel, were evacuated. Two people were injured and taken to hospital by ambulance. A third was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, NU.nl reports.
A total of 100 people were evacuated, including around 80 from the hostel, the fire brigade reports. They spent sometime on the street in the cold and rain before being taken to Station Hollands Spoor by bus, where there is more shelter, a spokesperson said to the newspaper.
The operation to rescue a man trapped in the rubble of a Hague building leveled by a gas explosion on Sunday, was extremely dangerous, according to the fire department. Rescue workers did their work in the middle of the building, the front of which had been blown away. There were great concerns that the rest of the building would collapse around them, NU.nl reports.
Rescue workers in Den Haag saved a 28-year-old man who had been trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building for nearly eight hours. The person was transported away from the scene just after midnight on Monday, the fire department said. His condition was not revealed, but he was "approachable" and in communication with rescue workers since 6:50 p.m. on Sunday.
At least nine people were injured in a natural gas explosion at a housing block in The Hague, the fire department said. Emergency crews saved three people from the resultant building collapse, but there was still one person trapped that rescuers knew about.
By 6:50 p.m., the fire department personnel made contact with the trapped person. A plan was being crafted to safely rescue the victim, a 28-year-old man, the fire department confirmed to several media outlets.
One person died in a fire in a mobile home at a campsite in Meerlo, Limburg. The police are still trying to identify the victim.
Emergency services responded to the fire on Peschweg around midnight on Wednesday, according to NU.nl. Firefighters found the victim's body while extinguishing the fire.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. The police are investigating and call on witnesses to come forward.
Emergency services responded en masse to the marina at the Nederrijn in Wageningen on Sunday after two reports of a rowboat capsizing. Rescue workers searched for possibly missing rowers in the water for hours, but found nothing, De Gelderlander reports.
Emergency services found the body of an as yet unidentified person after a large fire in three homes in Hillegom on Thursday. The police are working on identifying the victim, NU.nl reports.
One person was killed in a fire at the Oranjepark apartment building in Soest on Thursday morning. The fire broke out at around 4:00 a.m. on the second floor of the building on Vredehofstraat, which consists of service homes for the elderly, RTV Utrecht reports.
Firefighters had the fire under control at around 6:00 a.m. The victim's body was found in the completely burnt-out home.
The upper floors of the building were evacuated due to smoke. The residents were offered shelter at a nearby restaurant.
Two people may be missing after a large fire in a building in Hillegom where squatters live on Thursday morning. It is unclear whether the two persons are inside the burning building, or elsewhere, according to the fire department, NU.nl reports.
Surrounding homes were evacuated. A total of three buildings on Stationsweg are on fire, a spokesperson for the Hollands Midden fire brigade said to the newspaper ."The flames came from the first floor and the attic. The roof collapsed completely." The fire is now under control.
Some 120 people were evacuated on Veestraat in Venlo during the early hours of Thursday morning due to a grenade. One resident lay down on the grenade to keep it from causing too much damage if it exploded, according to the fire department. Defense's explosive disposal department later concluded that the grenade no longer contained any explosive material, NU.nl reports.
Eight people were injured in a fire in an apartment building in Rotterdam during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Seven were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The eighth was injured when he jumped from a window. He was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, ANP reports.
The fire broke out on the third floor of the apartment building on Watergeusstraat and spread to several homes. A total of seven homes were evacuated. The fire left two of them uninhabitable. The residents of the other five were allowed to return home after the fire was extinguished.
A 34-year-old man from Utrecht died early on Friday morning after he got stuck between the fence and the roof of a bicycle shed. What the man was doing there is not yet clear. But the police concluded that his death was an accident, RTL Nieuws reports.
At around 3:00 a.m. a resident of an apartment building on Willem Schuylenburglaan heard someone shouting for help, but could not figure out where it came from. The police were called and officers found the victim in the bike shed.