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  • Syrian refugees watch as a fire sends black smoke rising over the Zaatari refugee camp in northeast Jordan, Friday, March 8, 2013. The U.N. refugee agency says a fire broke out in Jordan's Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees but reported no major injuries or deaths in the blaze that burned at least 20 or more tents, including some hosting small shops. (AP Photo: Raad Adayleh)

Monday, March 11, 2013 9:15 am

Jordan says fire at refugee camp killed Syrian man

By DALE GAVLAKAssociated Press

A Jordanian official says a fire that broke out over the weekend in a refugee camp near the Syrian border killed a 40-year-old Syrian man and injured two of his children.

Anmar Hmoud, a government spokesman for Syrian refugee affairs, says the two children - aged seven and 12 years - are being treated for serious burns after their tent caught fire late Saturday at the Zaatari camp.

Hmoud told The Associated Press on Monday that police are investigating the cause of the fire.

An earlier fire at the camp burned down more than 20 tents, including some hosting small shops. That blaze, which broke out on Friday, was blamed on gas cylinders used for cooking.

Jordan says it hosts more than 425,000 Syrian refugees.