A fire in a car park in central Amsterdam on Tuesday, which destroyed several vehicles, was probably caused by engine trouble, according to media reports.
A woman who lives in one of the apartments above the Markenhoven garage told a residents’ meeting on Wednesday evening she drove in to park her car with smoke coming out of the engine.
The woman said she then parked and took out her mobile phone to contact the ANWB repair service. ‘At that moment I saw flames emerging from the right-hand wheel,’ she told broadcaster RTV Noord-Holland.
‘It’s my fault. I took a wrong decision,’ she said. ‘If I had left it outside, none of this would have happened.’
The broadcaster said other residents applauded the woman as she made her confession. The blaze destroyed five cars, caused smoke and water damage to others and led to over 100 homes being evacuated.
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