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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that three persons have been killed in a fire outbreak at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Monguno, Borno State.

NEMA confirmed this in a statement on Friday by its Head of Media and Public Relations, Sani Datti.

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Concise News reports that a mysterious fire has razed an IDPs camp in Monguno, Borno State.

Though details of casualties had yet to be known, residents of the town told our correspondent that some children, who were sleeping were burnt in the inferno.

A witness, Ibrahim Idi, told reporters that the fire raged from around 11.30am till 12.50pm at the Stadium Camp, Monguno.

Idi said, “Till now, the number of children burnt in the fire is unknown.”

However, according to Datti, the incident occurred on Thursday at the IDP camp in the town which is located about 137 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.

“The fire which, occurred in the camp that is located inside the local stadium in Monguno town, affected about 7,839 persons with a total of three lives lost,” said Datti.

He explained further, “The fire occurred at noon from one of the makeshift shelters where a woman was cooking and spread across the camp, destroying about 402 re-enforced/transitional shelters and 933 makeshift homes burnt.”

On behalf of the Federal Government, the Director General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, sympathised with the government and the people of the state over the incident.

He also condoled with the displaced people and assured them that the agency was already working with other stakeholders to provide immediate relief assistance to those affected.