Lacking power and heat, the Lipa Camp was set to close Wednesday. Residents are suspected of setting the fire as they vacated the facility.
Wednesday's fire that engulfed the Lipa migrant center in northwestern Bosnia-Herzegovina was likely set by several migrants who were displeased with the scheduled closure of the camp, according to a United Nations official.
"As far as we know now, a group of former residents put three tents and containers on fire after most of the migrants had left the camp," Peter Van der Auweraert, head of the International Organization for Migrations (IOM) that is running the migrant camps in Bosnia-Herzegovina wrote on Twitter. "Luckily, no casualties to our knowledge at this point," he added.
Thus far Bosnian authorities have failed to find alternative accommodation for the camp's residents. They will be left to join between 1,500 and 2,000 others sleeping rough in cold weather or inside abandoned buildings within the area bordering European Union member, Croatia.