Fire breaks out at Slovenia refugee camp housing thousands (VIDEO)

It’s not yet clear what caused the fire at the camp located in Brezice near the Slovenian border with Croatia. A report on Twitter claimed refugees set fire to tents.

However, AP reported that a many refugees have been lighting fires to keep warm in the cold weather.

Emergency workers have been helping those at the camp, with riot police managing the situation as fire and smoke spread through the camp. Ambulances have also been spotted at the scene.

Thousands of refugees were transported to the border by train from Croatia overnight. Later, dozens of them became stranded and entered Slovenia, crossing the Sutla River, with temperatures reaching below zero. Once in Slovenia, police surrounded them.

“The river is very cold, up to my head here, the water is very big, for that we decided to come here and water was here. We need help, we need dress, we need food, now we are all wet,” an Iraqi man identified as Cege told AP.

All in all, more than 20,000 refugees have crossed the Slovenian border over the past few days, due to the closing of the route from Croatia through Hungary.

The Guardian writes that the camp’s residents were evacuated by police, who say the blaze started when people set fire to blankets in protest at being kept at the camp for more than 24 hours rather than being allowed to continue their journeys to western Europe

 

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