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10 Killed At Schiphol Airport Fire  
User currently offlineBlasphemystic From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 213 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

Any info? Saw news flash on CNN.

(CNN) BREAKING NEWS: A fire kills at least 10 people in a detention center at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, news services report. Details soon.

[Edited 2005-10-27 05:18:12]


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User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1639 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4569 times:

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsAr...710785_RTRUKOC_0_US-DUTCH-FIRE.xml

Seems it was in the Schiphol Detention Centre


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4706 times:

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) -- A fire broke out at a detention center at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport overnight, killing 10 people and injuring 15, Dutch police have said.

A police spokesman declined to give further details before a news conference due to be held at 0430 GMT.

The Dutch news agency ANP said the death toll could rise. The fire began shortly after midnight and was brought under control only several hours later, it said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

The detention complex mainly houses suspected drug traffickers, the police spokesman said.

ANP said 350 people were being held in the complex at the time of the fire.

www.cnn.com


User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4474 times:

That's a lot of people being held at an airport detention center!

User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 48
Reply 4, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4440 times:

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 3):
That's a lot of people being held at an airport detention center!

There's a lot of drugs being smuggled into The Netherlands in places where the sun doesn't shine... I wonder if some of those people actually started the fire themselves (generally detainees are not a happy bunch...)

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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4338 times:

Now 11 dead, unfortunatly even more people are expected to die soon due to the fire....

User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4286 times:

I heard the news, too, but CNN said so little, so I thought it must be something in the cargo area or some of the restaurants, just like it happened in Dusseldorf few years ago.

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 3):
That's a lot of people being held at an airport detention center!

It certainly is a huge number.  Wow!

Could it possibly be the result of some kind of riots in prison?



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User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 48
Reply 7, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4217 times:

BTW... This 'prison' is on the outskirts of the airport, near the old Fokker factory. Not very near the centre...

User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2759 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4068 times:

11 die in Amsterdam airport blaze

27 October 2005 07:20
Dutch police say at least 11 people died and 15 were injured in an overnight fire at a detention centre at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

The fire began shortly after midnight local time and took about four hours to bring under control.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.

A police spokesman said the detention complex mainly housed suspected drug traffickers and others awaiting expulsion from the country.

Reports say 350 people were being held in the complex at the time of the fire.

www.rte.ie



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User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2971 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3983 times:

I guess someone was trying to destroy some evidence.
This is very sad!



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User currently offlineJCS From Netherlands, joined Jun 2004, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3913 times:

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 6):
Could it possibly be the result of some kind of riots in prison?

Probably not. The cells of the detention center are occupied by maximum of two prisoners. Which is already quite exceptional for Holland, because detention centers used to have 1 person in 1 cell. But the cause of the fire is still uncertain.

The part of the prison which caught fire had 24 cells and this night it housed 43 prisoners. The 11 victims were all 'persons in foreigner detention'. (www.nu.nl)

Quoting IL76 (Reply 8):
BTW... This 'prison' is on the outskirts of the airport, near the old Fokker factory. Not very near the centre...

In fact it is at the other side of the runway-terrain and not or almost not visible from the terminal. From the terminal it should be something like a 15 minute drive all the way round a part of the airport runways and hangar-facilities.

It is probably just in the forum because this 'news' came from CNN with AMS & 'fire' in one headline.

[Edited 2005-10-27 09:40:12]

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3318 times:

When I saw the place going up in flames, I immediately thought of the Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House."

Watch out, you might get what you're after
Cool babies, strange but not a stranger
I'm an ordinary guy
Burning down the house

Hold tight, wait till the party's over
Hold tight, We're in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house

Here's your ticket pack your bag: time for jumpin' overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough but not too far, Maybe you know where you are
Fightin' fire with fire


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13140 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

I am surprised that so many people are detained (350+) at the facility at the airport. Does the Netherlands keep all those whom are being detained for attemped illegal entry or with counterban at that facility, no matter where in the country initially detained?
While most of us would like some 'real justice' come in the way of death to those involved with high level illegal drug and other crimes, it is still wrong for this situtaion to have occured. I would suspect that most there and were killed were/are people desprite to leave their home countries for political and economic reasons, including not having enough income for them or their families survival. I would assume that a through investigation will be done to determine the source of the fire, and how to prevent such a horrible event happen again.


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