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Afghan refugee dies in fire in Kara Tepe camp on Lesvos

A 27-year-old Afghan refugee died in a fire Kara Tepe camp on the island of Lesvos early Thursday morning. The fire broke out inside the container where the woman lived with her 28-year-old husband and their three children aged 5, 2 and an infant.

The 28-year-old husband passed out from the smoke, while together with other neighboring refugees he was trying to save the children. He was transferred to Mytilene’s hospital where he is being treated for breathing problems.

The fire service, which is located right across the camp, was quick to put out the flames. One more container was burned.  It is not clear how the fire broke out at 2 o’ clock in the morning.

The Fire Service investigates the tragedy, taking into consideration the possibility that a heating device got fire.

Kara Tepe camp, which belongs to the municipal authorities, houses 1,324 refugees, all of which belong to vulnerable groups – mostly families with small children.

With info from amna, lesvosnews.gr, stonisi.gr

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