In the Good Herderkerk in Hoogmade, South Holland, a big fire rages on Monday. Due to the 'risk of falling', homes and a school around the church have been evacuated. The fire brigade has since given up the church and is trying to prevent the fire from spreading.

The fire started around 12.40 pm. A large part of the roof has collapsed and a tower of the church has gone up in the flames.

Emergency services are currently in large numbers to get the situation under control. The fire department is asking people not to approach the fire.

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Repair work was in progress in the Roman Catholic Church. The fire brigade reports that the fire started with the burning of paint.

An NL-Alert has been sent for Hoogmade and surroundings. The fire brigade requests residents in this report to close windows and doors and to stay out of smoke.

đź“ą | The small tower at the back of the church in Hoogmade collapses under the flames.

Avatar Author broadcasterMoment of places12: 23 - 4 November 2019

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