Greece’s largest migrant camp, the overcrowded Moria facility on the island of Lesbos, caught fire. Ablaze resulted in huge destruction.
According to the international news agency, around 25 firefighters with 10 engines fought against the flames whereas migrants were evacuated. Some got injuries from smoke exposure.
Police blocked migrants heading to the port town of Mytilene, leaving them stuck on the road.
One local resident told the news source that the entire migrant camp caught fire.
“Now with the first light I can see that there are a few tents that make it, they are okay, but the rest of the camp, as I can see from this distance, is burnt out,” Thanasis Voulgarakis said.
Authorities have placed the camp under quarantine last week as 33 confirmed cases were reported in migrants.
The Greek news agency reported that the fires had broken out after some of the 35 cases had refused to go into isolation with their families. However, this is unconfirmed.
Marco Sandrone, Lesbos project coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), reported the international news source that it was difficult to say the cause of the fire. “It’s a time bomb that finally exploded,” he said, adding that people had been kept in “inhumane conditions” at the site for years.
On the other hand, wildfires in California have caused huge devastation. Fires have burned through a record number of acres this year.