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Fire Destroys Part Of Refugee Camp Hosting Thousands Of People

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 21/10/2015 Alana Horowitz Satlin
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A fire has broken out at a camp for migrants in Slovenia, with plumes of smoke rising and firefighters rushing to put it out.

It was not clear what caused the fire Wednesday at the camp in Brezice, on Slovenia's border with Croatia, which is housing thousands of migrants, including women and children. Migrants have been lighting fires to warm up in cold fall weather.

Emergency teams were aiding the migrants amid thick smoke spreading through the camp. Slovenian riot police deployed by the camp in full gear to manage the situation. Ambulances also have arrived at the scene.

Some refugee tents have burned. Firefighters are using vehicles with stairs lifted high up to spray the fire with water

More than 20,000 migrants have entered Slovenia since Saturday when the refugee route toward Western Europe switched toward the Alpine nation. 

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