Survivors and family remember Voldendam cafe fire victims

A memorial service took place in Volendam on Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of a café fire in which 14 town youngsters were killed.

More than 400 people packed in to the St Vincentius church in the former fishing village to hear the service and hold a minute’s silence.
Some 180 people were injured in the fire at the Hemel café during the New Year celebrations in the early hours of January 1, 2001. Many were left with severe burns and are still undergoing treatment.
The fire was started by sparklers which ignited the tinder dry fir tree branches attached to the café ceiling.

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