African Migrants Suspected of Starting Major Fire at French Detention Center

Three migrants from Africa are in custody following a fire at a detention center in France this week, according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening at an administrative holding facility near Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport.

Approximately 85 firefighters and rescue crews were dispatched to battle a blaze that broke out at the center.

While some officials initially claimed the emergency was probably caused by an "electrical sheath fire in the common areas," others told French media outlets the blaze may have been intentionally set.

"Our colleagues put forward the hypothesis of three prisoners who may have set fire to the sheets. They would have been taken into custody," Ouest France reported.

On Tuesday, the arrests of three suspects, all citizens of African countries, were announced.

"An Algerian and two Tunisians, aged 18, 26 and 40, who were in detention at Lyon Saint-Exupéry, are suspected of having started the fire by setting sheets on fire," Le Progrès reported.

At least 30 people received emergency medical treatment at the scene, including 17 police officers and 13 detainees.

Migrants setting fires at asylum centers and holding facilities in their host countries has become a common tactic used to force relocation, as Infowars Europe has often reported.

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