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11 Homes Catch Fire in Thai Refugee Camp

By The Irrawaddy 5 February 2014

A fire at the Umphein refugee camp in Thailand set 11 homes ablaze this week and forced the disassembly of another 50 dwellings to prevent the fire from spreading, DVB reports. The fire took place on Monday in Umphein, the second largest camp for Burmese refugees on the Thai border, after Mae La. Some 17,000 Burmese live in Umphein. The fire was sparked by a child playing with matches, according to the camp’s security coordinator, who said no camp residents were killed or injured in the blaze, but 60 people were affected.