Hotel 't Silveren Seepaerd fire
Hotel 't Silveren Seepaerd was a hotel-restaurant on the Stationsplein in Eindhoven. A fire broke out during the night due to a flashover on the ground floor, and swiftly expanded over all four stories of the hotel. The escape routes in the hotel were poorly lit, and because of the smoke development in the hotel, escape was nearly impossible. Of the 86 people in the hotel, 9 were killed, two as a result of attempting to escape. An additional 16 guests were severely injured.
The previous day, the football team of Chemie Halle from the GDR began their stay in the hotel. They had played a tied match on 15 September against PSV in the first round of the Europacup III in Halle. One of the Chemie Halle players died in the fire and the return match in Eindhoven was never played.
The cause of the fire was never found. At approximately 5:30 CET a bus driver discovered a fire in the restaurant of the hotel. The driver alerted the porter, but because there had already been so much smoke development, they did not dare enter the hotel. The fire department arrived a few minutes later to see several guests who lay in the streets after jumping from the hotel windows, and many others visibly trapped on the upper floors. The fire fighters initially focused on saving as many hotel guests as possible before extinguishing the fire. Only at 7:45 in the morning the fire was declared under control; rendering the fire safe took up an entire day.
The fire in Hotel 't Silveren Seepaerd resulted in strict fire safety regulations for hotels and restaurants. The hotel was never rebuilt. Nowadays there is an apartment complex at the location of the hotel.
After the fire there was no compensation for the victims by the insurance companies.
- (Dutch) "NA DE HOTELBRAND IN EINDHOVEN Gedupeerden ontvangen geen schadevergoeding". De Waarheid. June 15, 1972. p. 2. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
- Hotel 't Silveren Seepaerd fire at the Zwaailichten disaster website