Fire Breaks Out in Main EC Building in Brussels

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | May 18, 2009, Monday // 14:50
Fire Breaks Out in Main EC Building in Brussels: Fire Breaks Out in Main EC Building in Brussels An exterior view shows smoke rising from the 'Berlaymont', after a fire broke out in the building that houses the European Commission, in downtown Brussels. Photo by BGNES

A fire broke out Monday afternoon in the European Commission's building in Brussels.

The special correspondent of the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) in the Belgium capital, Assen Indzhiev, reports seeing thick smoke coming from the EC press office, located in the building's basement. Indzhiev sites other, unnamed sources, saying that the fire started in the print shop of the EC spokespersons, located near the main press conference hall.

The building's security acted swiftly and had evacuated everyone inside. All the people have been sent to a nearby park.

Other sources say the fire started on higher floors. The building is 13-stories tall.

The adjacent area is isolated.

There is currently no information available about the cause of the fire.


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