An investigation by the local judicial police was opened following the fire which affected “Gilly’s plane” Tuesday evening along the N90 in Gilly, the Charleroi prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. According to the division prosecutor, the fire was caused by a third party.
A violent fire took place Tuesday evening around 6.30pm inside “Gilly’s plane”, an Airbus A310 fitted out and formerly used as a restaurant, cocktail bar and nightclub along the N90 at the Chaussée de Montigny. in Gilly (Charleroi). A complete departure of firefighters from the Hainaut-Est emergency zone went to the scene. A cistern was called in for reinforcement. Firefighters struggled for about an hour to control the flames. The plane broke in two as a result of the fire. A firefighter was slightly injured but was able to complete the intervention, had specified the rescue zone. The Airbus A310 had been present at the scene since 1999 after having belonged to a Nigerien company.
Until 2012, the craft hosted a cocktail bar, a nightclub and a restaurant. “There had been no more activity on the site since 2012. It was squatted and the victim of numerous degradations”, the Charleroi prosecutor’s office confirmed on Wednesday. The plane had been bought during the summer of 2019 by a French group. Its dismantling and removal had been postponed several times, in particular because of the health crisis. A housing project, carried by an Antwerp developer, was to emerge on the site once the Airbus A310 was evacuated. The origin of the fire is still unknown.
But the Charleroi prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that the fire would have been started by a third party. “Since there had been no activity on site since 2012, it is highly likely that someone was at the origin of the fire. The investigation by the local judicial police will have to determine whether it is it is an accidental or arson attack. “