GRANDE-SYNTHE, France – A huge blaze is destroying wooden shelters at a migrant camp in northern France, hours after a clash involving up to 150 migrants that sent three people to the hospital.
Hundreds of migrants were evacuated to local gymnasiums late Monday as the fire consumed their fragile homes.
Firefighters worked to contain the blaze, and the prefect for the Nord region rushed to the camp outside Dunkirk.
The prefecture said riot police were sent into the camp to stop the clash among 100 to 150 migrants that left five injured and three hospitalized with knife wounds.
Hours later, flames lapped the sky in a blaze the prefecture said was apparently linked to the clash. Up to 1,500 migrants live in the camp, set up in 2016 by Doctors Without Borders.