Fire rips through migrant camp in northern France

Fire rips through migrant camp in northern France

The fire broke out in the Grande-Synthe camp, pictured here prior to its destruction

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A major migrant camp in northern France was completely destroyed after a fire broke out on Monday night. 

The Grande-Synthe camp near Dunkirk housed a total of 1,500 refugees from the Middle East. 

Authorities said the fire began as a result of a fight between Afghans and Kurds in the camp, and then spread to encompass the entire structure as a result of its closely packed huts. 

The population of the camp had grown since last year's dismantling of the Calais Jungle and officials said there had been growing unrest between the two groups. 

Camp administrators announced in March that they were planning to dismantle it, but they have yet to begin work on the project. 

The displaced migrants have been temporarily housed in two gymnasiums as a more permanent solution is reached.