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Thai refugee camp burns, 32 dead

March 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM   |   Comments

BANGKOK, March 23 (UPI) -- A fire in a Myanmar refugee camp over the border in Thailand has killed at least 32 people and left 2,300 homeless, Thai health ministry officials said.

CNN said Saturday the blaze began with a cooking accident in the camp, which is located in Mae Hong Son province in northwestern Thailand.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and doing what we can to provide instant relief," said Mireille Girard, a representative for the United Nations refugee agency in Thailand.

The encampment was originally built in 1992 to house refugees who fled ethnic violence in Myanmar, which has been ruled by a military junta since 1962.

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