10/26/2016 07:54 EDT | Updated 10/26/2016 07:56 EDT

Calais Migrant Camp Set On Fire During Evacuations

CALAIS, France — Large portions of the makeshift camp known as "the jungle'' in northern France went up in flames Wednesday, as departing migrants set fire to shelters before being forced to leave.

Firefighters battled flames for much of the morning, dousing blazes that began overnight as migrants left the makeshift camp near the city of Calais. The main alley through the camp burned overnight, leaving skeleton-like hulks on either side of the road.

calais migrant camp fire A migrant runs next to a makeshift shelter on fire at the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, Oct. 26, 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)

The fires came after French authorities continued a weeklong operation to shut down the camp and transport thousands of migrants to reception centres around France.

Gas canisters popped as they exploded in the heat. One aid group's truck burst into flames.

calais migrant camp fire A picture taken on Oct. 26, 2016 shows a makeshift shelter and a gas cylinder on fire at the 'Jungle' migrant camp. (Photo: Getty Images)

Migrants stood and watched. Some laughed.

Steve Barbet, a spokesman for the regional authorities, said one migrant was hospitalized. About 100 migrants were evacuated.

The camp once housed 6,300 migrants, according to authorities, but aid groups said the number was much higher.


AP Writer Sylvie Corbet in Paris contributed to the story

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