One dead in Brussels house fire after suspected gas leak


An explosion in a house in Sint-Gillis at the weekend killed one man and left seven people injured, including two children

Homes destroyed

One man died and seven people were injured in a house fire in Sint-Gillis in Brussels on Saturday. The explosion that led to the fire was probably caused by a gas leak, police said.

“Several houses were damaged in the explosion,” a spokesperson for the Zuid police zone told Bruzz. “Three storeys and a roof caved in, as well as one facade, pieces of which fell on cars parked below.” The Brussels fire service said two houses on Waterloosesteenweg were destroyed, one completely, the other with only the facade remaining.

The body of a man was found in the rubble and seven people were taken to hospital, three of them seriously injured. Two of those injured were minors, aged two and 15.

The casualties were reported to be members of a Romanian family and their Portuguese and Senegalese neighbours. The dead man was reported to be the Romanian family’s grandfather, though the prosecutor’s office did not confirm the reports.  

Brussels public transport authority MIVB laid on shuttle buses to replace two tram lines during road closures, while one bus route was diverted. Traffic has since been restored.

Photo: Ed Morrison