Fire ravages baroque church

A fire has damaged one of Antwerp’s finest baroque churches. Fire broke out at the Carolus Borromeus Church on the Hendrik Conscienceplein in Central Antwerp shortly before 7am. The Antwerp Fire Service sent several fire engines to the scene.
Fire-fighters had the blaze under control by around 9am.

The Sexton of the Carolus Borromeus Church Marc Hesbain told VRT Radio that the fire alarm was sounded at 6:45 am and he went to the church straight away.

Mr Hesbain added that the Fire Service was at the scene very quickly.

Fire-fighters found two sources of the fire; one under the steeple and another at the side of the church.

Mr Hesbain expressed his fears for the works of art in the church. "The gallery on the right of the church is on the verge of collapsing.”

However, he added that the church organ has not been damaged.

The fire was caused by a short circuit and arson has been ruled out.

The judicial authorities sent a fire damage expert to the scene