Heavy fire hits Fauna Lima in the center of Liedekerke, animal evacuation not necessary | song church

song churchA severe fire broke out in the Fauna Lima in the center of Liedekerke on Thursday. The fire raged on the first and second floors of the building facing Stationsstraat. There were no injuries and all animals present were unharmed.

The emergency services received a call about a fire in the specialty store for animals and gardens around 11.30 a.m. on Thursday. According to our information, the fire started in an office on Stationsstraat. That part of the building is a former dance hall. “According to the initial findings, the fire started on the first floor,” says Lieutenant Wouter Jeanfils of the Flemish Brabant West fire department. “The flames then spread to the attic. A dozen customers and staff members who were in the store were able to escape in time, fortunately no injuries were reported. There were also several small pets such as birds and hamsters in the building, but measurements have shown no evacuation of the animals was necessary. There is also sufficient ventilation in those rooms.”

No transshipment

The fire was not fully under control until around 12:30 p.m. “That means that at that time there was no longer any chance of the fire spreading,” it continues. “We were able to avoid a transshipment to the adjacent apartments. There is smoke damage, but the extent of that damage remains to be determined.” Several businesses closed due to the fire. The Opperstraat, Stationsstraat and Poortstraat were closed with fences by workmen from the municipality. At the moment there is no clarity about a cause. The manager of the known business was still too shaken to respond.

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Because one side of the store opens onto Poortstraat and the other side onto Stationsstraat, it was not an obvious fire to put out. “Partly for that reason and because the store is located in the center of the municipality, it was immediately scaled up,” says Jeanfils. “The municipal phase of the disaster plan was not announced, but there was a lot of reinforcement from various posts from our zone and from East Flanders. Several officers also arrived on the scene. This allowed the fire to be fought from the front and rear. The Civil Defense was also called upon at the start of the intervention. They will come to the site with a drone to give us a better overview of the site from the air.” Mayor Steven Van Linthout (CD&V) also came to monitor the situation.

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