Australians Report Theft from Olympic Village It happened during a small fire By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jul 31, 2016 2:51 PM CDT 25 comments Comments A member of the Croatian Olympic delegation takes looks out from a balcony at the Olympic athletes village in Rio. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Newser) – The head of Australia's delegation at the Rio Olympics says a laptop and team shirts were stolen from the team's accommodation at the athletes' village on Friday while the building was being evacuated because of a small fire, the AP reports. Delegation head Kitty Chiller on Sunday called the situation "concerning" but added "unfortunately theft is going to be inevitable" in a compound with 31 buildings and up to 18,000 athletes and staff. Australia has been hard hit so far in Rio. It declined to enter the village on the official opening day a week ago, citing gas and water leaks, electrical shorts, and general filth in its building. The team began checking in on Wednesday, but on Friday a small fire broke out in the basement of the building, which forced an evacuation. There were no injuries.