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Two fires in two days at European School in Laeken

21:31 20/03/2019

An investigation is under way after two fires broke out at the European School in Laeken this week - one of which led to a staff member being taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

A Brussels fire brigade spokesman said the fires could "reasonably be considered to be a voluntary act". School director Manuel Bordoy described the fires as an act of vandalism.

About 250 students had to evacuate part of the school campus on Tuesday afternoon when a fire started in a rubbish bin in the toilets and spread to a nearby hand-dryer. It was quickly extinguished by a member of staff, who had to be treated in hospital.

The following morning, a second bin fire occurred in another toilet. No one was injured.

"Two fires in the same place in two days can reasonably be thought to be a voluntary act," said fire brigade spokesman Walter Derieuw. "It was a malicious act."

The school has opened an internal investigation. Police are also investigating.

Written by The Bulletin