Fire in Thai refugee camp kills 36

By REUTERS
March 24, 2013 11:53

 
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BANGKOK- A fire swept through a remote camp in northwestern Thailand for refugees from Myanmar, killing 36 and destroying hundreds of make-shift shelters, officials said on Sunday.

The fire, which broke out on Friday in Mae Hong Son province, about 900 km north of Bangkok, has left more than 2,000 people homeless, provincial governor Narumol Palavat told Reuters.

Narumol said 115 people were hurt in the blaze, 19 of them seriously. Authorities were investigating the cause, with initial reports suggested the blaze was sparked by a cooking accident.

Most of those living in the camp are ethnic Karens -- 3,500 refugees who fled fighting in Myanmar in 1992.

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