A man who jumped from a first-floor window to escape a Schaerbeek house engulfed in flames after an explosion was rushed to the hospital in a serious condition on Monday.
The fire brigade found the man at around 8:45 AM after it was alerted that a house in Rue des Ailes was on fire after a blast reportedly went off a few hours earlier, according to Le Soir.
"A person had jumped out of the window of the first floor and was badly burned," a spokesperson for the fire department told Belgian media.
At their arrival, firefighters said that there was a large cloud of smoke coming out of the first floor of the building and that they found the man in the back.
A second person, who was unharmed, was also evacuated from the building alongside a cat and three kittens. The fire left the building completely uninhabitable, the spokesperson said.
The causes of the blast remain so far unclear, according to the spokesperson.
The Brussels Times