Fires broke out amid evacuation of Calais migrant camp

Firefighters tackled the flames in shelters and small shops. Prefect Fabienne Buccio had said Tuesday night that migrants "have a tradition" of burning their shelters before leaving.

By: AP | Published:October 26, 2016 3:01 pm
Calais, France, Calais migrants, Calais migrant camp, France migrants, Calais news, Calais fire Fires burn in the makeshift migrant camp known as “the jungle” near Calais, northern France, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Crews have started dismantling the squalid migrant camp in France after the process to clear the camp began in earnest on Monday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Firefighters had a tough time dousing several dozen fires set by migrants as they left the makeshift camp where they have been living near the northern French city of Calais. Steve Barbet, spokesman for the regional prefecture, said Wednesday that one migrant was slightly injured and taken to the Calais hospital. About 100 migrants were evacuated overnight to a no man’s land at the entrance of the camp known as “the jungle”.

Firefighters tackled the flames in shelters and small shops. Prefect Fabienne Buccio had said Tuesday night that migrants “have a tradition” of burning their shelters before leaving. After two full days of a week-long operation, French authorities have already transported thousands of migrants to reception centers around France.

The camp used to be temporary home to 6,300 migrants according to authorities. Aid groups counted more than 8,000 people.