Train traffic between Tilburg and Boxtel has been shut down due to the large fire in the firelighter factory Fire-Up in Oisterwijk. A hose from the fire brigade lies over the track, to be able to get water from a river.
Around nine o’clock, the flames burst from the shed’s roof at the firelighters factory in De Nedervonder. Around half-past ten, the shed was entirely on fire. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Around a quarter to eleven, the Safety Region reports that the fire service has deployed more equipment to get the fire under control. “More vehicles, more men: we are putting all we can at the moment because we don’t have it under control yet” reports the fire department. Extra hoses are also being rolled out to collect water from the river. The flames are still shooting out of the roof at the time.
An NL safety alert has been issued at quarter to eleven because of smoke hazards and harmful particles in the air. Local residents are advised to close windows and doors and switch off ventilation.
Last night, the foam installation of the shed went off because of a fire. But the fire brigade checked the area and apparently sorted out the issue. According to a spokesperson for the Safety Region, the fire brigade returned the next morning for a follow-up check. “Then they open things up to check. Then the fire flared up again and immediately scaled up to a major fire. It has now been scaled up to a very large fire”.
Train traffic affected
There are no trains between Tilburg and Boxtel due to the deployment of emergency services. This could cause difficulty for passengers and especially students commuting to Tilburg University from Eindhoven.
Source: Omroep Brabant