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At least 39 dead in a fire at a migrant center in Mexico near the U.S. border

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Fire at migrant center

At least 39 people were killed after a fire broke out at a migration center along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday.

The fire began Monday night at a facility run by the National Migration Institute in Ciudad Juarez, the agency said in a statement.

Dozens more were injured, with 29 people taken to four hospitals in "delicate-serious condition," it said, adding that there were 68 men from Central America and South America being held in the facility at the time of the fire.

Images showed rows of bodies laid out under silver sheets as rescue teams, firefighters and police responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. The agency said that it "strongly rejects the acts that led to this tragedy," without elaborating on what they may have been.

Authorities were investigating and the government's National Human Rights Commission had been called in to help the migrants, it said.

The facility, in Chihuahua state, is close to the Santa Fe International Bridge and across the border from El Paso, Texas.


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