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WATCH- Fire Hits German Refugee Center, Residents Safe

9 June 2016 1:40

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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