Fire engine pelted and cars set alight

Although the New Year’s celebrations in the capital generally passed peacefully there were some instances of vandalism and one instance of fire fighters coming under attack from yobs. A fire engine was pelted with bricks and bottles as its crew attended a call out in the Piersstraat, near to the Zwarte Vijvers metro station in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. No one was injured in the incident. 

Eric Labourdette of the Liberal Trade Union that represents some of the fire fighters told the Brussels regional news platform Bruzz that “Just after midnight the fire service were called to extinguish a number of rubbish bin that had been set on fire. There were an awful lot of youths on the street and no police. In order to ensure the safety of the fire fighters it was decided not to stop”.    

A little later a fire engine did drive into the Piersstraat and it was there that it came under attack. The Brussels Fire Service said in a statement that the incident is deeply regrettable and that it wants the perpetrators to be caught and punished.

The Brussels Fire Service received 83 call outs on New Year’s Eve.   

Eleven cars torched

A total of nine cars were burned out by vandals in Brussels during the New Year’s Eve festivities. In the Brussels West policing area (Molenbeek, Ganshoren, Jette, Koekelberg and Sint-Agatha-Berchem) 4 cars were burned out. One fire spread to two adjacent houses.    

In the Brussel-Capital-Elsene policing area, a lorry, a scooter and 5 cars were set ablaze. The police spokesman Olivier Slosse told journalists that there were double the number of call outs during last night compared with a usual Monday evening.  

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