Fire burns tents, structures in Greek refugee camp

A fire has burnt through tents and some structures in a refugee camp on the eastern Greek island of Samos

ATHENS, Greece -- A fire broke out in a refugee camp on the eastern Greek island of Samos on Wednesday, burning tents and some structures but causing no injuries.

The fire department said the blaze, which broke out in the morning, was limited in size and was tackled by 18 firefighters using nine vehicles. There was no immediate information on how many tents were destroyed. The fire department said the blaze was brought under control by midday.

Many of the tents are packed closely together in the overcrowded camp, and camping gas cannisters the residents use for cooking caused small explosions.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the fire. More than 3,800 people live in and around the Samos camp, a facility originally built to house just under 650.

Greece is one of the main routes into the European Union of people fleeing poverty and conflict in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The vast majority head to eastern Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast.