At Least 39 Dead After Fire Engulfs Border Migrant Facility in Mexico

Image taken from a video showing bodies lying under shimmery silver sheets outside an immi
AP Photo

A deadly fire engulfed a migrant processing center at Ciudad Juárez in Mexico early Tuesday morning with local reports saying at least 39 people died in the blaze and dozens more were left injured.

Two local government rescue sources told Reuters news agency of the death toll which is expected to grow throughout the day.

The facility is located near the Stanton International Bridge, which links Ciudad Juarez to El Paso, Texas.

Although authorities have not yet released official reports, the El Diario and El Heraldo have also reported that at least 37 people were killed, according to the Daily Mail.

Another 40 people were believed to have been evacuated from the area and taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Paramedics carry an injured migrant following a fire that killed dozens of  people in the immigration station in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state on March 28, 2023, where at least 39 people were killed and dozens injured after a fire at the immigration station. ( HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Image taken from a video showing bodies lying under shimmery silver sheets outside an immigration center in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, March 28, 2023. At least three dozen migrants have died in a fire at an immigration detention center in northern Mexico near the U.S. border. Images from the scene showed rows of bodies lying under shimmery silver sheets outside the facility in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.  (AP Photo)

The fire broke out shortly before midnight, prompting the mobilization of firefighters and dozens of ambulances.

Ciudad Juarez, which neighbors El Paso, Texas, is one of the border towns where undocumented migrants wait before trying to cross into the U.S. as Breitbart News reported.

There has been no official statement about what may have caused the blaze but local newspapers reported there had been a disturbance inside the center just before the fire, the BBC reports.

Photographs released by Reuters show a number of bodies covered in foil blankets lying outside the building.

Mexico’s attorney general’s office has launched an inquiry and has investigators at the scene, according to media reports.

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Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. The article has been updated to reflect additional information revealed as the situation developed.


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