Monday, 12 January 2015
On Monday, Brussels public prosecutor’s department opened an investigation into the fire that broke out earlier the same day at the Brussels Conservatory, located in Rue de la Régence. It also assigned an expert to the case. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.
Around 2:30pm, a thick cloud of smoke could be seen in the sky above the synagogue in the Rue de la Régence. Police and firefighters immediately arrived on the scene and closed the street to traffic between the Place Poelaert and le Sablon.
Initial findings indicate the smoke came from a fire that had broken out on the second floor of one of the three wings of the Royal Conservatory, located at number 30 Rue de la Régence. Building work is currently underway in this wing. The other two wings, where 150 people were working, were evacuated as a safety measure.
The fire service was able to put out the fire promptly and nobody was injured.