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Blaze at Bahamas shantytown leaves 200 homeless

May 4, 2014

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Fire officials in the Bahamas say a blaze has destroyed as many as 70 homes in a shantytown, leaving roughly 200 Haitian migrants homeless.

No deaths or serious injuries have been reported from the early Sunday fire that ravaged the shantytown on Great Abaco Island. Investigators suspect arson.

Abaco’s fire service director Colin Albury says roughly 65 percent of the Sand Banks community was destroyed before a volunteer team of 12 firefighters was able to douse the flames.

He says at least 200 people are now without homes in the community of several hundred Haitians and people of Haitian descent.

Many Haitians have migrated to the Bahamas in recent years to work low-wage jobs or to try to get to the United States.

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