At least 37 people are dead and dozens more are injured after a fire broke out at a migration center in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, mere feet from the U.S. border, local media reported early Tuesday morning.
The fire erupted Monday night at the National Institute of Migration in the border city, according to KVIA journalist Heriberto Lara. Authorities previously said eight to 12 people were feared dead, per the El Paso Times, but that number began quickly rising.
In addition to Juarez police officers, the Mexican National Guard, the Mexican Army, and the Institute of Migration are assisting in the rescue and recovery operation, according to Lara.
Hours before the fire, Institute of Migration personnel removed hundreds of migrants from street corners where they were cleaning windows, selling sweets, or asking for money, per Alfredo Corchado of Dallas Morning News. Many of them were believed to be Venezuelans.
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