Families of silo fire victims visit accident site

The families of the victims of last Friday’s explosion and fire at a company near to the West Flemish town of Waregem have met with the firm’s CEO. The meeting was arranged by the Waregem Local Police Service’s Victim Support Unit. On Friday morning one man was killed and three of his colleagues suffered severe burned in an explosion and fire at the Pouleyn factory in the village of Vichte. 

On Friday morning one man was killed and three of his colleagues suffered severe burned in an explosion and fire at the Pouleyn factory in the village of Vichte. The men were employed by a contractor taken on to clean the a silo at the factory.

The meeting was an emotional one as employees at the factory told of how they administered first aid to the victims. The families want answers as to who (if anyone) was responsible for the tragic industrial accident. Iasbelle Bouckaert of the Waregem Local Police Service told VRT Radio that "The question of who is responsible is an important point for discussion.  It is important that the families can hear what the victims said after the accident? What condition were they in? Were they in pain?”

Meanwhile, the Judicial Authorities say that the investigation into the explosion and who was responsible for it will take six months.