A fire on an industrial estate in the north of the Brussels region triggered the city disaster plan to be implemented on Sunday morning. The blaze broke out in a unit where waste material is stored in Neder-over-Heembeek at around 7am.
Local residents were asked by authorities to remain indoors and to keep their windows and doors closed as the smoke was thought to contain toxic particles. The warning remained in place for several hours after firefighters had managed to contain the blaze, and it was later revealed that the smoke did not contain any poisonous elements.
The established safety zone led to the closure of several roads in the immediate vicinity and some public transport services were also disrupted in the area. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.
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