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RFD steps into blaze row

Forest fire ruled out as death toll hits 37

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The Royal Forest Department (RFD) has dismissed claims that Friday's refugee camp inferno was caused by a forest fire, as none had been reported nearby when the blaze broke out at the camp. 

Karen refugees attend a prayer service for those killed in the inferno at Ban Mae Surin refugee camp. The dead will be buried Monday, mostly with Christian rites. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

"Local forestry officials have insisted no forest fire occurred in the area that day," RFD deputy director-general Rerngchai Prayoonwet said.

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