Memorial march for dead firemen

A procession in honour of three volunteer firemen killed fighting a fire in the north-eastern province of Drenthe is to be held on Tuesday evening, reports ANP news service.

The three men went missing minutes after entering the blazing shipyard in the village of De Punt on Friday afternoon, reports ANP.
Fred Heerink, head of the regional fire brigade, told ANP at the weekend that procedures appear to have been correctly followed. However, he said, the men may have been taken by surprise by the speed at which the fire spread. In total 18 firemen were present at the blaze.
The three men were part of the Eelde fire brigade. The local community has been hit hard by the tragedy. Many homes and businesses flew flags at half mast and candles and flowers have been placed at the local fire station in honour of the men who died.
The three men will be buried or cremated will full honours on Thursday and Friday.
It remains unclear what caused the fire, says ANP.

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