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Mata Hari’s birthplace in the Netherlands destroyed by fire

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The house in the Netherlands in which Mata Hari was born has been destroyed in a fire.

One person was killed by the fire on Saturday evening as it engulfed several buildings in Leeuwarden, about 87 miles north of Amsterdam.

Local media said the victim was thought to be a 24-year-old man who had lived in a flat in the buildings.

Mata Hari was born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle in August 1876, to a shopkeeper and a Javanese mother.

The house in the Netherlands in which Mata Hari was born has been destroyed in a fire

The house in the Netherlands in which Mata Hari was born has been destroyed in a fire

In the early 1900s she left her husband and travelled to Paris where she found fame as an exotic dancer. Her work brought her into contact with many high society figures.

Mata Hari was arrested by France during WWI, accused of being a spy for Germany.

She was executed by firing squad in 1917 after a short trial, though her guilt has long been disputed.

Several films have been made about Mata Hari’s life, most famously in 1931 where she was played by Greta Garbo.

NOS TV said dozens of people had had to abandon their homes in the town centre building because of the fire, which started in one of the shops.

Fifteen homes and businesses were affected, said the channel, five of which were totally destroyed.