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A fire broke out at 'The Jungle' refugee camp in Calais yesterday morning. No one has been been seriously injured but 70 tents were destroyed.
Phil Kerton, from the Kent-based charity Seeking Sanctuary sends this report:
A fire broke out amonst closely crowded tents in the 'Sudanese quarter' at around 00.45am this morning. The cause of the fire appears to be people drifting off to sleep leaving a candle alight. Fire spread quickly due to the wind and people were running around trying to evacuate the area and get people to safety. No major injuries, a few small burns and smoke inhalation problems but no major injuries or deaths. Lots of people's documents and papers were burnt and destroyed. The fire burnt and spread for around half an hour before fire engines arrived. Apparently the police were on hand trying to put the fire out with their water cannon. (Based on reports from people who were there). About 70 tents were destroyed
Many people have nowhere of their own to sleep and no blankets, there is a very urgent need for humanitarian aid to Calais as everything relevant that was in the Auberge de Migrants warehouse has been distributed already. It is very cold at night and impossible to sleep without shelter and blankets.
That could be in/convenient.
Lots of people's documents and papers were burnt and destroyed.
The fire engines were seen to wait just outside the jungle for some time before a police escort assembled to go in with them. As they arrived somebody smashed the windscreen of the lead fire engine. We don’t know why this was done, maybe they were confused with the police who escort and always accompany them, maybe because people were angry with their slow response time.
As the fire service finally extinguished the remainder of the blaze, CRS riot police deployed in a cordon around the fire vehicles.