Fire burns five Syrian refugees at camp in Erbil

Darashakran refugee camp in northeast of Erbil (Middle East Eye)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Five people were wounded after a fire broke out in a refugee camp in Erbil on Sunday, a local official said.

Director of Civil Defense in Erbil Sarkawt Karash said one of the tents caught fire in the Darashakran refugee camp in Erbil province on Sunday morning.

Five Syrian refugees including three children and two women burned in the fire, he said. They were admitted to a hospital in Erbil.

“The fire broke out due to gas of heater and power,” the official told Esta Media Network.

The camp opened in 2013 shelters more than 13,000 Syrian refugees, evacuated from areas affected by conflict in Syria.

The fire came after Bajd Kandal camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) caught fire in Duhok province. It destroyed four tents and damaged seven more, but caused no casualties.

Three fires have broken out in the displacement camps in the province of Duhok in since January 1, according to the civil defense directorate in Duhok.

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