Photo showing the fire that broke out in Moria on March 16, 2020 sent to InfoMigrants by a user | Photo: Private
Photo showing the fire that broke out in Moria on March 16, 2020 sent to InfoMigrants by a user | Photo: Private

A six-year-old child has died after a fire broke out in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on Lesbos on Monday. The local fire brigade says the cause of the fire is believed to be caused by an accident and not arson.

The fire at the refugee and migrant camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos broke out on Monday around noon.

According to a witness talking to InfoMigrants Dari, the fire raged for around an hour before fire brigades managed to extinguish it. 

Photos from the fire show dark clouds of smoke engulfing parts of the camp; German news agency dpa reported the fire was "large."  According to local media reports, the fire brigade struggled to control the blaze due to the close proximity of the container apartments in the camp. 

The Lesbos news portal stonisi.gr posted a video of the fire which showed people in panic as they attempt to flee from the flames. One container apartment and two provisional dwellings were destroyed, according to Greek state radio ERT.

With AFP/dpa

 

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