Saturday, March 23, 2013

32 Burmese refugees killed in Thailand blaze

BANGKOK: As many as 32 Burmese refugees died yesterday in a raging fire at a camp in Thailand, officials said.
Mae Hong Son Gov. Naramol Palawat said the fire destroyed about 100 thatch huts at the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp.

She said the blaze was believed to have been started by a cooking accident. The fire was put out after about two hours, and those who lost their shelters are being temporarily housed in tents, she said.

A worker for the local emergency medical service said 32 people had died and two were severely injured and sent to a hospital in Chiang Mai, the nearest big city.