It was at around 10:40pm on Saturday evening that the Fire Service received reports of smoke coming from a building that houses a vehicle body repair shop on the Roeiersstraat. On their arrival fire fighters saw that the blaze had already caused severe damage to the building.
"Five fire engines, a tanker vehicle, five ladder truckers and 51 fire fighter went to the scene to tackle the blaze” Walter Derieuw of the Brussels Fire Service told the Brussels regional news platform Bruzz.
At around 2am those that had been evacuated from their homes were allowed to return in small groups. They were escorted back home by the Red Cross. The Mayor of Brussels Philippe Close (Francophone socialist) went to the scene to offer his support to those that had been evacuated from their homes and to thank the members of the emergency services.