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This interactive archive lists the fire instantiations that broke out in the camp for the period 2013-2019, up until one year before the consequential fire of September 2020. These occurrences listed below, apart from few exceptions (highlighted with an asterisk), are included in either or both of the following two official archives: the Incident Archive as provided to me by the Fire Service of Lesvos, regarding the occasions that the service was required to intervene between early 2015 and mid-2019 in the camp and its surroundings (an area extending around one kilometre around the camp); and the Online Incident Archive of the general Fire Service of Greece concerning the same area, as published annually since 2000. The red highlighted background is used to emphasise the occurrences that have had lethal consequences: on the 24th of November 2016, after the explosion of a gas canister, when a woman and her grandchild (names unreported in the media) were killed; on the 29th of September 2019, when a large fire, reportedly initated by deteriorating faulty wiring, burned several containers within the institutional camp and led to the death of at least one person, Faride Tajik; on the 16th of March, where a fire broke out inside a container which led to the death of a 6-year-old child (name unreported); and on the 24th, 28th and 29th of January 2017, when Ahmed Mohamed Abdelaziz Elgamal, Mustafa Mustafa, and a young man from Pakistan (name unreported) died from what came to be acknowledged as carbon monoxide poisoning due to the toxic fumes of the makeshift fires for heating. At present two lawsuits have been filed by the families of the victims against the Greek State demanding justice over the criminal negligence of the authorities.

Sources for the archive:
1. Official Archive of Fire Incidents at the migrant camp of Moria and its surrounding area, between 01/01/2015 and 11/04/2019, as provided to me by official request to the Fire Service of Mytilene.
2. Online Incident Archive (Forest Fires 2000-2018, and Urban Incidents 2014-2018), Hellenic Fire Service
3. Archival Weather Data, Lesvos-Thermi

For occurrences that did not entail any further site description, the reported area is listed. The fire occurrences characterised by an asterisk were not included in the official archives, but were identified through open-source investigation. The numbering superscripts on the table headers refer to the database sources from which the information below is inferred.

You can download the table here in .csv or .xlsx format.

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