EL PASO – Tragedy on the border as 39 foreign migrants from other counties in makeshift camps died in a fire Monday in Juarez across the border from El Paso.
Fox News is reporting that fire at an immigration detention center in northern Mexico, near the U.S. border, has claimed the lives of at least three dozen migrants, Mexican authorities said.
Mexico's National Institute of Migration (INM) said 39 foreign migrants died in the fire that started shortly before 10 p.m. local time on Monday, at the detention center in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.
Images from the scene showed rows of bodies lying under shimmery silver sheets outside the facility in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso. Ambulances, firefighters and vans from the morgue could also be seen.
Local newspaper Diario de Juárez reported that the fire began in the men's area of the detention facility and that all the victims are male.
The cause of the fire remains unknown and is being investigated by Mexico's attorney general's office, according to media reports.
This is a developing story.