Six Youths Arrested Over Fire That Destroyed Historic Windmill In Holland

Six teenage boys have been arrested after an historic windmill in Friesland, Holland was burned to the ground over the Easter weekend.

The Windlust mill in the village of Burum dates back to 1787 and played a key role in hiding fugitives from the Germans during the Second World War.

It was reduced to cinders in a fire on Sunday night which police believe was started by local youths letting off fireworks.

Four boys from Burum, in the north-eastern corner of the province, and the nearby town of Dokkum, aged between 12 and 14, were arrested in the days after the fire and have since been released.

On Wednesday police announced that two boys aged 14 and 15 from Kollum, between Burum and Dokkum, had been detained.

During the Second World War eight refugees were hidden in the cellar of the village church, which overlooked the windmill. The miller used the formation of the sails to let the fugitives know when it was safe to come out.

In 1997 it was sold to the district council in Kolummerrand to be restored.

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