VIDEO: Fire Hits German Refugee Center, Residents Safe

Wed Jun 8, 2016 15:39:47

A large fire ripped through a refugee center housed in an exhibition hall in Duesseldorf on Tuesday (June 7), but all 280 residents were thought to be safe, the fire service said, Al-Alam News Network reports.

Plumes of smoke billowed into the air at the facility on the site of the western German city's trade fair.

"Emergency services on site ... were able to clear the exhibition hall before fire-fighters arrived so all roughly 150 residents who currently live here were brought to safety," said Tobias Schuelpen, a spokesman for Duesseldorf's fire service.

He added that 21 people were still being treated for suspected smoke poisoning.

There were no immediate details on what caused the blaze, Reuters reported.

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