The fire brigade of Brussels had to turn out on Saturday night for a fire in a residential care centre in Rue du Bien-Etre in Anderlecht. One resident was overcome by the smoke and had to be taken to the hospital, but the building itself did not have to be evacuated.
When firefighters arrived, they found a mattress on fire in a room on the second floor. "We evacuated the resident and quickly managed to get the fire under control," said fire brigade spokesman Walter Derieuw.
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Because the fire service was able to prevent the smoke from spreading to other rooms and floors, the other residents did not have to be evacuated. "Only the room where the fire raged is uninhabitable. The resident was poisoned by the smoke and was taken to hospital," said Derieuw.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.