After the heavy fire in the Heyvaertstraat in Anderlecht, 13 people are still in hospital, four of them in critical condition.
Among the injured are five children, including a toddler who was taken to the Military Hospital in critical condition.
The Brussels public prosecutor’s office appointed a fire expert yesterday evening, but the cause is not yet known.
It cannot yet be ruled out that there are still more victims in the rubble, said spokesperson Willemien Baert.
Four victims, including a firefighter, were admitted to the Queen Astrid Military Hospital (MHKA) in Neder-Over-Heembeek which specialises in burns, according to Defence Minister Ludivine Dedonder.
“The first victim to be admitted to the MHKA burns centre is a young toddler,” said the Minister. “In the course of Monday afternoon, the mother of the young victim, who was also injured in the fire, was transferred from St Peter’s Hospital to the specialised burns unit of the Military Hospital in Neder-Over-Heembeek.”
“My thoughts are first and foremost with the injured in this tragic incident,” said Minister Dedonder. “Several families are in a precarious situation because of the fire. Combined with the pandemic, this is a doubly severe setback.”