Fire in Karen refugee camp in Tak

A fire broke out at a Karen refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border at Ban Mae La in Tha Song Yang district of Tak province late on Monday night, burning down 18 huts, Tha Song Yang district chief Somchai Traitipchartsakul said on Tuesday.

Fire engines rushed to the scene  brought the flames under control about an hour later.

The fire destroyed 18 thatched houses, and about 18 other houses were demolished to prevent the blaze from spreading.

No one was hurt  and the cause of the fire was still being investigated.

Food, water and other relief supplies were delivered to the refugees at the fire-hit camp on Tuesday morning by provincial and district officials, who will also help them build new shelters.

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