Greek Authorities Evacuate Island Migrant Camp after Fire

Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze in an overcrowded camp for asylum-seekers in Samos Island Greece, late Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)

ATHENS (AP) — Greek authorities are evacuating an overcrowded camp for asylum-seekers on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, where a large fire broke out following clashes between residents.

Police said no injuries have been reported from Monday’s fire at the Vathy camp, where more than 4,000 migrants and refugees live in facilities designed for a few hundred people.

Police said it was unclear what started the blaze as Afghan and Syrian camp residents clashed.

They say the clashes followed a fight between Afghans and Syrians earlier Monday in which three people were injured and required hospital treatment.

Last month, an asylum-seeker died in a fire that swept through a camp on the island of Lesbos.

Two men inside an overcrowded camp for asylum-seekers are seen in front of a fire late Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 in Samos Island, Greece. Greek authorities are evacuating the camp where the large fire broke out following clashes between residents. (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)

A fire burns behind makeshift tents used by asylum-seekers in Samos Island Greece, late Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Greek authorities are evacuating the camp where the large fire broke out following clashes between residents. (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)
Greek police evacuate people in Samos Island Greece, late Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Greek authorities are evacuating the camp where the large fire broke out following clashes between residents. (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)

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