Large fire at Dutch greenhouse complex

A large fire severely damaged a greenhouse complex in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. The burned part of the greenhouse complex concerns the storage shed. It concerns a company where garden plants are propagated and grown.

This shed contained a lot of combustible material and had a total of 1,000 solar panels on the roof. A third of these (about 300 to 400 panels) were burnt. This was reported by the Central and West Brabant Safety Region.

The fire brigade informed Omroep Brabant that "fortunately, most of the complex was preserved." The fire was reported a little after midnight. BN De Stem spoke to the owner. He was sleeping in one of the offices near the shed and was woken up by bangs. According to the grower, the damage runs 'into the hundreds of thousands.'

Images of the fire can be seen on social media and regional media. Remnants of the solar panels that caught fire have been recovered up to 1,000 meters from the fire. According to the fire service, those remnants are not toxic. However, they should be handled with care.

We are also at the scene of the fire. Our focus is on the safety of local residents and the free and safe workplace for the @BrandweerMWB. Do not come to the fire and stay out of the smoke! For more information: #ettenleur #police

- Police Base Team Weerijs (@POL_Weerijs) May 22, 2023

Source: VRMB, Omroep Brabant,

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