It was around midday that Brussels fire-fighters were called to the area after smoke could be seen rising. The source of the smoke proved to be power cables under the bridge over the Brussels-Willebroek Canal.
Fire-fighters had to wait until the electricity company had cut off the power before they could start to spray extinguishing foam. By 6:30PM the fire was out. The incident caused considerable congestion as traffic was not allowed on the bridge. The bridge could only be reopened after the stability of the construction was checked.