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Three people killed by fire in a camp for Syrian refugees in southern Turkey
A fire in a camp for Syrian refugees in southern Turkey has killed three people and left five others injured, a source in the camp told Al Jazeera.
The blaze occurred in Yayladagi camp in southern Turkey's Hatay province, near the border with Syria, which houses 260 refugees under canvas, the Anatolia news agency reported, saying a short-circuit was the probable cause.
The agency quoted Hatay provincial governor Celalettin Lekesiz as saying two of the dead were a man of 24 and his wife aged 19. The six injured were treated in hospital and discharged.
Lekesiz said the fire destroyed a warehouse building, adding that an electrical fault was thought to be to blame.
"Camp residents I spoke to told me they saw a ball of flame shoot out of a circuit board and hit an empty tent, setting fire to foam mattresses," he said.
Television pictures showed thick columns of smoke rising and firefighters and refugees battling the flames.
Turkey has given shelter in 10 camps along its border to more than 35,500 Syrians who have fled the conflict as President Bashar al-Assad's regime tries to crush a popular uprising against his rule.