Fire breaks out in building near iconic Antwerp 'Boerentoren'

Fire breaks out in building near iconic Antwerp 'Boerentoren'
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On Thursday evening, a fire broke out in the centre of Antwerp in a building adjacent to the regional 'Boerentoren' ("Farmer's tower" in Dutch) landmark.

The 'Boerentoren' is an Art-deco skyscraper in the Flemish city of Antwerp, and was the tallest building in Belgium and the second tallest in Europe when it was built in 1932.

It is also known as the KBC Tower because it previously housed the offices of the bank.

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The fire broke out on the fourth floor of the neighbouring building for a yet unknown reason, resulting in visible smoke but it did not cause any injuries.

Furthermore, the flames were put out within an hour, and no asbestos was released as a result of the fire.

The 'Boerentoren' sustained no structural damage, in contrast to the neighbouring building, whose fourth floor was severely damaged.

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