Eleven killed in fire at jail at Amsterdam airport
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A fire broke out at a detention
center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Thursday, killing 11
people and injuring 15, Dutch media reported.
The media quoted the Justice Ministry for the latest death
toll. Earlier, a police spokesman said 10 people had been
killed but declined to give further details before a news
conference due to be held at 12:30 a.m. EDT.
An airport spokeswoman said the fire, which began shortly
after midnight and took several hours to bring under control,
had had no impact on flights.
The Dutch news agency ANP said all the dead were detainees.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
The detention complex mainly housed suspected drug
traffickers, police said, but it was also used to hold illegal
immigrants before expulsion.
ANP said 350 people were being detained in the complex at
the time of the fire.