Netherlands: Muslim building destroyed by fire

A major fire destroyed a large Muslim building in the city of Vlaardingen, the Netherlands on Friday evening. Firefighters were working to put out the blaze before burning out of control and at one point causing evacuations from nearby buildings.

The fire broke out just before 8 pm local time (7 pm GMT) and was under control around 10 pm (9 pm GMT), according to fire officials.

The blaze was located in a large Muslim building, including a mosque on the first floor. No persons were believed to be injured in the inferno.

Authorities said they were investigating the cause of the fire but suspected the cause was arson. Police officers and fire crews were evacuating the surrounding residents. The fire department called it a "major fire" and all units were called to the scene. Also water fire units were on the scene as the building is located near a river.

Vlaardingen is located about 10 miles from the Hague.

Source: Blogger News (English)

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