Several fires have mostly destroyed the Moria refugee camp, home to more than 12,000 asylum seekers. There are no known casualties so far. Authorities are now investigating reports of arson.
Firefighters on Wednesday fought to contain multiple fires at Greece’s largest migrant camp located on the island of Lesbos.
Thousands of residents fled from the camp, but were stopped by police vehicles. Most were being guarded by police on a nearby highway. There is no suggestion of injuries or casualties.
“The whole camp is on fire. Everything is burning. People are escaping. Their homes in Moria are gone,” said local refugee support group Stand By Me Levsos said.
“The fire spread inside and outside the camp and has destroyed it,” Stratos Kytelis, mayor of the island town of Mylinene told local radio.
“It is a very difficult situation because some of those who are outside will include people who are positive [for coronavirus],” he added.
A Somali refugee residing in Moria tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this week, triggering a host of lockdown measures in a bid to contain the outbreak.
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At least 35 people at the camp had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.