Fire in Leuven hall of residence

Fire has caused damage in one of Leuven University’s halls of residence. Due to the Christmas and New Year holidays just 13 students were in the Kilimanjaro Hall in the Flemish Brabant town’s student residence complex Arenberg when the fire broke out on Sunday night.

All of them were able to escape unharmed, although one was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation. The university has offered the students alternative accommodation where the damage to the Kilimanjaro is repaired and a clean-up operation carried out.

The fire started in a stairwell in the basement of the building. A number of chairs caught fire.

An investigation has been launched into what caused cause of the blaze. However, Fire Service sources say that they believe that it was started deliberately.