“There appeared to be a problem with the heating system in the flat, and the residents decided to warm themselves with a firepit,” fire brigade spokesperson Walter Derieuw told Bruzz. “The victim was taken to hospital, but was not in critical condition.”
The Brussels fire brigade advises strongly against the use of a fire pit in closed spaces.
“We also reiterate the importance of having a compliant appliance installed by a licensed technician, regular maintenance and mandatory inspection by a competent person, and the provision of ventilation and fresh air,” said Derieuw. “Proper removal of combustion gases is also paramount.”