Cox's Bazar Refugee Relief and Repatriation commissioner Md Samsuddoha said the fire originated in a house of the camp around 3 pm and soon engulfed the adjacent houses, burning down over 500 houses.

On information, 10 units of fire services rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control around 5:15pm, said Anwarul Islam, warehouse inspector of Fire Service and Civil Defense headquarters.