The fire broke out at around 6:30 on Monday morning. When the Fire Service arrived flames were already coming out of a first floor window of the flat on the Roger de Grimbergenstraat. Although fire fighters soon had the fire under control they were unable to save a 71 year-old-man that they found dead in his chair.
The Mayor of Middelkerke Jean-Marie Dedecker (List Dedecker) told VRT News "We don’t know very much. It happened on the first floor of a block of flats. The victim is a 71-year-old man. His charred body was found on a chair. We still don’t know what caused the fire”.
Eight other residents of the building were evacuated.