The Antwerp Public Prosecutor’s Office was advised of the explosion which took place on Monday evening at the Paardenmarkt, but has not yet investigated the causes of the tragedy. Ken Witpas, the spokesman for the Public Prosecutor’s Office, said, “The priority is for the completion of emergency operations. The area is in any event not safe enough to move into the investigative phase.” He went on, “Only when the building is sufficiently stable can the investigators complete their work. Currently, several avenues of explanation as to the cause remain possible.”
The Antwerp firemen confirm that officials from the Public Prosecutor’s Office are on-site to check that procedures are being followed with regard to the incident, and to ensure that thorough investigative findings only take place subsequently.