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Friday, 15 February, 2002, 15:25 GMT
Picture gallery: Asylum fire
A major fire broke out at the Yarl's Wood detention centre in north Bedfordshire, which houses asylum seekers. The cost of the damage has been estimated at 35m. A number of refugees are believed to have escaped from the centre.

Fire
The twisted remains of part of the centre

Aerial shot
From above, the extent of the damage is clear

Aerial shot
One part of the centre appears to be untouched

Aerial shot
Roofs have been wrecked by the fire

Fire at centre
The fire is said to have been brought under control

Fire crew on turntable ladder
Fire crews battled to put out the flames

Part of Yarl's Wood centre
Some detainees escaped during the fire

Officer in centre
The centre is run by Group 4

See also:

15 Feb 02 | England
Asylum centre counts escapees
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