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Two in hospital after immigration centre blaze
9:30am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
TWO people were still recovering in hospital last night after a fire at a Kidlington immigration centre.
More than 100 residents have been moved to other centres following Friday’s 9pm blaze.
Ten fire engines were called to the scene in Langford Lane.
When asked by the Oxford Mail, the Home Office – dealing with all queries about the fire – did not say where or how it started.
South Central Ambulance Service said one man was taken to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital suffering smoke inhalation.
The Home Office said another man was taken to hospital, but did not give a reason why.
A further 244 inmates at the all-male centre for those awaiting the outcome of case hearings were checked at the centre by paramedics. Home Office spokesman Alexanda McNally said: “A fire at Campsfield immigration removal centre has led to more than half of the detainees being relocated to other removal centres around the UK. All the detainees have been accounted for and two male detainees are now in hospital. “The cause of the fire is being investigated by police and the fire service.”
Campsfield House is a long-term detention centre where detainees are accommodated while their cases are resolved.
It is run by private firm MITIE and is officially described as having space for 216 male detainees.
Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said further information about the fire had to come from The Home Office.
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