The devastation wrought by the fire of the Philips de Jongh Park pavilion is great.
On the outside, it is clearly visible how hot the fire was, and the inside is full of debris. The walls are blackened, and plastic items are melted. The fire and water damage is clearly visible.
The Philips de Jongh Park pavilion has been in the hands of the couple, Berrie and Monique Verhagen, for 13 years. On Friday night, a fire was deliberately started in one of the waste containers on the grounds. The fire then spread to the nearby kitchen.
Hard to wrap your head around
For the couple, it is still difficult to comprehend. “In the beginning, I thought it wasn’t that bad. Sweep, a bit of vacuuming, and we would be able to re-open in a day”, Berrie says. “But then you get inside, and the damage is greater than expected. There is soot everywhere. It was a strange experience”.
“Those arsonists have no idea what they do to you”, a visibly shaken Monique Verhagen says. “It is the high season right now. We would have organised several parties and barbecues. That, of course, will no longer happen.”
“We are supposed to go with my 80-year-old mother on a trip to Spain too. That, naturally, will also not go ahead anymore, because we will have to arrange all kinds of things here”, she says.
Editor: Melinda Walraven