Fire at migrant center near U.S.-Mexico border kills at least 37


At least 37 people were killed after a fire broke out at a migration center along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials have said.

Many more were injured, with 21 people taken to four local hospitals, officials told Telemundo affiliate KTDO early Tuesday, after the fire at a facility run by the National Migration Institute (INM) in Ciudad Juarez.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Rescue teams, firefighters and local police were responding to the scene, Telemundo reported.

The facility, in Chihuahua state, is close to the Santa Fe International Bridge.

The country’s prosecutor general has initiated an investigation, Andrea Chávez, federal deputy of Ciudad Juarez, said in a statement on Facebook.

Mexican authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment from NBC News.

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