Volendam dance hall fire 1st January 2001


A tragic fire took place in the first hour of Jan 1st 2001, at a New Years Eve party in the café “de Hemel” in Volendam, The Netherlands. The fire started when dry fir branches which decorated the ceiling of the café were unintentionally ignited. The fire spread quickly over the entire room and 14 teenagers lost their lives. A further 200 suffered serious burns…………….

The Volendam fire: lessons learned from disaster research


Introduction: After the Volendam fire, a multidisciplinary, integral evaluation, called the Medical Evaluation of the Disaster in Volendam (MERV), was established. This article is a discussion of disaster research methodology. It describes the organizational framework of this project and the methodological problems.

Blaze victims tell of fight for life

Young people who survived the horrific New Year’s Eve blaze in a Dutch cafe have spoken of scenes of panic and terror as people fought for their lives.

Escape blocked in cafe fire

Burning Christmas decorations were being blamed last night for a horrific fire that turned a Dutch New Year’s Eve party into a smoke-filled hell in which at least eight young people were choked or burned to death. The toll is expected to rise as high as 20 dead.

Dutch Revelers Die in New Year's Blaze

A M S T E R D A M, Netherlands, Jan. 1, 2000 — At least five people died andabout 130 were injured as fire swept through a cafe packed withteenagers welcoming in the new year in the Dutch town of Volendam,police said today.

Volendam: Fire in a Dance Hall

At least eight die, hundreds injured in Dutch fire

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