A huge fire ripped through a migrant camp in northern France late Monday razing it to the ground and leaving several people injured, CNN reports.

Large numbers of migrants and refugees -- including unaccompanied children -- have been left homeless, according to an aid agency.

The fire, which destroyed wooden shelters at the Linière camp in Grande-Synthe on the outskirts of Dunkirk, began with a fight amid tense and overcrowded conditions, said a spokeswoman for the prefect of the Nord region of France

"It all started with a fight between the Afghans and the Kurds. They argued about their territory and their personal space. They wanted to control their territory," she said.

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