Honduras Prison Fire 'Kills At Least 300 Inmates and Injure Many -- News Story
Honduras Prison Fire Kills At Least 300 Inmates thoughts At least 272 die in Honduras prison fire official thoughts Reports say some trapped inmates screamed from their cells as a fire swept through a Honduran prison, killing at least 300 inmates according to reports.It was said early Wednesday some 356 people on the prison roster are unaccounted for among 852 prisoners.Reports say the fire broke out Tuesday night at a prison in Comayagua, a town 90 miles north of the Central American country's capital, Tegucigalpa. Comayagua fire department spokesman said he saw "horrific" scenes while trying to put out the fire, saying inmates rioted in attempts to escape. He said "some 100 prisoners were burned to death or suffocated in their cells."Reports say Officials are investigating whether the fire was triggered by rioting prisoners or by an electrical short-circuit said head of the national prison system according to reports.It was said a prisoner told Radio that someone started screaming, "Fire, fire," and the prisoners called for help.Reports say hundreds of relatives rushed to Santa Teresa Hospital in Comayagua state to learn the fate of their loved ones fire chief in Comayagua said according to reports.It was said 12 victims were treated there and nine more in the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, bringing the total of injured to 2.Reports say it would take at least three months to identify victims, some burned beyond recognition, because DNA tests will be required.Reports <b>...</b>
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