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Afghan refugee woman dies in container fire in Mytilene camp

Featured Afghan refugee woman dies in container fire in Mytilene camp

A 27-year-old Afghan refugee woman was burnt to death early on Thursday in the container where she was staying with her family in the Kara Tepe refugee camp, on the island of Lesvos.

The woman was staying in the container with her 28-year-old husband and their three children - a five-year-old, a two-year-old and a newborn infant.

The children were rescued by their father, who then lost consciousness in his attempt to also get his wife out of the burning container. He has hospitalised with respiratory problems, but is otherwise in good health.

The fire brigade intervened quickly and extinguished the fire, which also set fire to a nearby container before it was extinguished.

The Kara Tepe refugee camp near Mytilene on the island of Lesvos hosts 1,324 refugees, all members of vulnerable groups, most of them families with young children.