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Fire caused by short circuit in southern Lebanon injures 3 Syrian girls

  • A Lebanese firefighter tried to extinguish flames inside a building housing Syrian refugees in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Thursday, May 7, 2015. The building is in a compound housing more than 500 Syrian refugees. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    A Lebanese firefighter tried to extinguish flames inside a building housing Syrian refugees in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Thursday, May 7, 2015. The building is in a compound housing more than 500 Syrian refugees. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syrian refugee Shirin Salloum, 11, weeps as she suffers burns from fire caused by electricity short circuit in her building in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Thursday, May 7, 2015. The building is in a compound housing more than 500 Syrian refugees. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    Syrian refugee Shirin Salloum, 11, weeps as she suffers burns from fire caused by electricity short circuit in her building in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Thursday, May 7, 2015. The building is in a compound housing more than 500 Syrian refugees. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syrian refugee Shirin Salloum, 11, lies down next to her aunt Aziza, after suffering burns from fire caused by electricity short circuit in her building in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Thursday, May 7, 2015. The building is in a compound housing more than 500 Syrian refugees. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    Syrian refugee Shirin Salloum, 11, lies down next to her aunt Aziza, after suffering burns from fire caused by electricity short circuit in her building in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Thursday, May 7, 2015. The building is in a compound housing more than 500 Syrian refugees. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

A fire caused by a short circuit in a building housing Syrian refugees in southern Lebanon has injured three girls.

The fire erupted on the second floor of the four-story building in the Ouzai compound in the port city of Sidon on Thursday. The compound is home to more than 500 Syrian refugees.

The girls were taken to hospital. One of them, an 11-year-old, suffered serious burns to her face, hands and feet and remains hospitalized. The two others have been discharged.

The United Nations says there are about 1.2 million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon, though Beirut estimates there are another 500,000 unregistered Syrians in the country.

The refugees fled Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year. The conflict has killed more than 220,000 people.