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WATCH: HUGE Fire In Heemstede Netherlands As Police Warn Residents To Stay Indoors

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WATCH: HUGE fire in Heemstede Netherlands as police warn residents to stay indoors. Image: @EgbertDijkstra

VIDEOS circulating on social media show the extent of a huge that has been burning since 6 am on Monday, September 12 (local time) in the Netherlands’ Heemstede.

A major fire broke out at an agricultural company on Herenweg in Heemstede on Monday, September 12 and videos online show the blaze and the big black billowing smoke that can be seen for miles.

Three sheds located at the property went up in flames.

Firefighters are on the scene and are trying to put out the blaze. Local residents have been asked not to leave their homes for the time being.

“We are scaling up the fire and are very busy fighting and extinguishing the fire, which is still not under control”, a spokesperson for the Kennemerland Safety Region said.

Thick clouds of smoke can be seen for miles while residents of Heemstede and Haarlem received an NL-Alert, advising them to stay out of the smoke.

“No hazardous substances have been released, but the smoke is toxic, so we are calling on people to close windows and doors and turn off ventilation.”

It is yet unknown what caused the fire.

Reporter Niels van Steijn is standing in the nearby neighbourhood. “The fire brigade is present in the neighbourhood as a precautionary measure to warn residents about the toxic smoke.”

There are houses about twenty metres away from the shed, but according to our reporter, there is no panic. “Despite the call from the fire brigade, local residents are standing outside watching the fire.”

Kennemerland Safety Region said: “To prevent the fire from expanding further, part of the shed is currently being removed by the fire service. This can lead to more smoke nuisance for some time. Keep windows and doors closed and turn off mechanical ventilation.”

Om te voorkomen dat de #brand zich verder uitbreidt wordt op dit moment een deel van de loods door de brandweer verwijderd. Dit kan enige tijd tot meer rookoverlast leiden. #heemstede #grotebrand #nlalert

Houd ramen en deuren gesloten en schakel mechanische ventilatie uit.

— VRK (@VRKennemerland) September 12, 2022

The added: “More smoke development by removing part of the shed to prevent expansion.”

#brand #Heemstede #rookontwikkeling Meer rookontwikkeling door het verwijderen van een deel van de loods om uitbreiding te voorkomen. ^sve pic.twitter.com/SaJqvvcGfb

— VRK (@VRKennemerland) September 12, 2022

Niels van Steijn posted one video showing the fire right behind a residential area which is believed to have originated at an agricultural company.

“Huge fire in Heemstede, right behind a residential area, an agricultural company goes up in flames,” he wrote.

Enorme brand in Heemstede, vlak achter een woonwijk gaat een agrarisch bedrijf in vlammen op pic.twitter.com/dPzktYwUhY

— Niels van Steijn (@NielsvSteijn) September 12, 2022

Another person wrote: The #fire on the #herenweg #heemstede is releasing a lot of #smoke. This may cause considerable inconvenience to the neighbouring residential areas. Stay out of the smoke. Give the emergency services enough room. Use of images is free. @VRKennemerland.”

Bij de #brand Aan de #herenweg #heemstede komt heel veel #rook vrij. Dit kan flinke overlast geven voor o.a de aangrenzende woonwijken. Blijf uit de rook. Geef hulpdiensten de ruimte. Gebruik van beelden is vrij met naamsbekendheid. @VRKennemerland pic.twitter.com/eiHl52hN5j

— Michael Stouten (@stouten1984) September 12, 2022

“This morning, black clouds of smoke swept across Heemstede towards Haarlem due to a fire in a bulb shed on the Herenweg,” said another.

Zwarte rookwolken trekken vanochtend over Heemstede richting Haarlem door brand in een bollenloods aan de Herenweg. pic.twitter.com/wktzvlk2dY

— Egbert Dijkstra (@EgbertDijkstra) September 12, 2022

“Fierce #fire #heemstede. Bulb sheds and tennis hall are on fire @NOS @rtl4”

Heftige #brand #heemstede. Bollenschuren en tennishal staan in de brand @NOS @rtl4 pic.twitter.com/Tlkwd96d7e

— Stephan Beelen (@beelen_stephan) September 12, 2022

“From the Burgen in Haarlem. #fire #heemstede.”

Vanaf de Burgen in Haarlem. #brand #heemstede pic.twitter.com/gw5NdAjJB7

— Arne van Ettekoven (@Arneve) September 12, 2022


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1 Dead And 90 Evacuated From A Tower Block Blaze With 'polystyrene' Cladding

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A man has died and 90 other people have been evacuated from a tower block after a fire broke out on the top floor. The tower’s cladding has been likened to a “polystyrene” like material. 

The block of flats, called Twinnell House in Easton, Bristol was attended by emergency workers around 2:15am this morning when a fire broke out on the 16th floor. 

Of the 90 people evacuated, eight people are currently being treated in hospital for smoke inhalation and minor burns. Three other people are seen to by medics at the scene of the blaze. 

Concerns around the tower’s cladding material had already been raised after the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, when a fire broke out on the 24th floor of the North Kensington block of flats. 

Gina Massiah, a 57 year old legal secretary who used to live in Twinnell House, told the Sun “when they put the cladding up I was quite surprised”. She described it as seeming and appearing like brick, but said that “when you touch it it feels like it is made of polystyrene.” Massiah also revealed that there were “no sprinklers” and “no alarm” in the block of flats. 

Those who lived in Twinnell House, which is completely owned by Bristol City Council, have been provided with a rest centre set up at a nearby church in which the city council are currently providing welfare support to around 40 people. A Bristol City Council spokesperson has said their “thoughts are with the family of the individual who has tragically lost their life in this incident”. 

Yassin Mohamud, the Green party chancellor, said he hadn’t “heard any complaints or requests by residents.” but confirmed that there is “still an ongoing investigation with the fire authority and the police, we will await the outcomes of this report.” 


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Elche's Tribute To Its Former Mayor

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Elche’s tribute to its former mayor. Image: Elche Town Hall

The City Council of Elche has inaugurated the old street “la Figuera” with the new name of “Jose Esclapez Campillo”, located in Torrellano.

The name change is in institutional recognition of the personal and professional career of Jose Esclapez Campillo who became mayor in 2012 until his death in 2017, according to Elche Town Hall.

The Mayor of Elche, Carlos Gonzalez, said: “Pepe Esclapez, as he was known to his neighbours, was president of the Fiestas Committee on several occasions. He was a very active and tireless worker for this town.”

“Jose Esclapez has left a great memory among his neighbours and also in all the people who have had the opportunity to share with him the experiences of his position as mayor of Torrellano.”

The Mayor added: “Today, with this simple but emotional act, we want to remember, thank and recognise a person who was very dear to all of us, for Torrellano and for all the people of Elche.”

“I believe that the street map should be a reflection of what happens in society and the people who are important for that territory and, therefore, based on this reflection we dedicate this street to Pepe Esclapez.”

The Mayor confirmed that “Pepe was always a loyal person who fought at all times to improve the quality of life of the residents of Torrellano, above any other premise.”


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Switzerland Inflict Spain's First Home Defeat In Almost Four Years In Nation's League Disaster

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Image of Spainish national men’s football manager Luis Enrique. Credit: [email protected]

Spain lost at home for the first time in almost four years in their Nation’s League match with Switzerland.

Switzerland dealt a massive blow to Spain’s bid to qualify for next year’s Nations League finals after inflicting a home defeat on Luis Enrique’s side in Zaragoza on Saturday, September 24. This was the men’s national side’s first home loss since 2018 when they lost 3-2 to England in the same competition.

🏁 ¡¡FINAL DEL PARTIDO EN ZARAGOZA!!

Lo intentamos hasta el último segundo, pero caemos por la mínima ante Suiza.

¡¡Viajaremos a Portugal para luchar por el pase a la Final Four y solo nos vale GANAR!!

🇪🇸 🆚 🇨🇭 | 1-2 | 90+5’#VamosEspaña | #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/z3RC5TnlK3

— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SEFutbol) September 24, 2022

Portugal now top Group A2 after a resounding 4-0 away win against the Czech Republic. Losing to the Swiss now turns the match in Portugal between the two Iberian nations this Tuesday, September 27, into a critical affair for the Spanish. Only one of the teams can progress from the group.

A header from Manuel Akanji put the Swiss in front after 21 minutes. Jordi Alba levelled the scores in the 55th minute, offering the possibility of a comeback. Their hopes were squashed only three minutes later when Eric Garcia, under pressure from Breel Embolo at a corner, turned the ball into his own net to hand the Swiss a famous victory.

Spain had not lost a competitive match in 22 outings across all competitions at the national level until this Saturday. Remarkably, it was only their second home loss since 2003. Luis Enrique now has just a few days to lift the spirits of his players for the Portugal game, where only three points will suffice for the 2021 Nations League runners-up.

Switzerland will face the Czech Republic in the group’s other game, but neither side could overtake Portugal either way.

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