Fire at refugee camp in Mae Hong Son

A huge fire broke out Wednesday night (July 5) at Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Mae Hong Son province gutting almost 40 houses and left over 200 people homeless.

There were no casualties in the predawn inferno at the border camp in in Tambon Pang Moo of Muang Mae Hong Son district, which houses hundreds of ethic Myanmar refugees fleeing fightings into the Thai border.

As fire erupted, local authorities taking care of the camp sought help from district officials to put out the fire.

Responding to the call for help, assistant district officer Nattapong Pornsombunkij rushed to the scene with fire trucks.

But due to the difficult terrain of the camp and the narrow rural road, and no road lights, the assistance team couldn't make it to the scene in time.

Local officials and the refugees managed to help themselves and contained the fire from spreading. However 36 houses were gutted.

Deputy police investigation inspector Pol Capt Akkanee na Bangchang at Muang district police station said forensic police would inspect the scene today (July 6) to examine the cause of fire.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)