January 31, 2011
An asylum seeker has been taken to hospital following a fire at a detention centre in Darwin, the Immigration Department says.
Northern Territory police and fire crews were called to the Northern Immigration Detention Centre at Berrimah on the Stuart Highway about 2.30am (CST) on Monday, a spokeswoman for the department said.
The spokeswoman told AAP crews safely evacuated all detainees to the oval and quickly extinguished the fire, which was contained to one bedroom in an accommodation compound.
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She said one of the detainees was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital, but could not say what injuries he had sustained, if any.
"It is too early to speculate on what caused the fire," she said.
"The Australian Federal Police will conduct an investigation."
ABC Radio is reporting that a Burmese asylum seeker attempted self-harm by setting himself alight.
Police reportedly told ABC the man, who was conscious and able to walk, was taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.