Fire Hero: Murderer Pardoned For Saving Hundreds

February 22, 2012 by staff 

Fire Hero: Murderer Pardoned For Saving Hundreds, The bodies of inmates who were killed in a prison fire are transported within the morgue in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday Feb. 21, 2012. A prison fire in Comayagua on Feb. 14 killed over 300 inmates.

The U.S. Embassy in Honduras said in a statement that a team of investigators from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “was able to rule out other possible causes of the fire, such as a lightning strike, electrical causes, or the use of a flammable or combustible liquid.”

The death toll from the Feb. 14 fire at the Comayagua prison rose to 360 Tuesday after another victim died in a Tegucigalpa hospital from his burns.

“The fire is believed to have begun in the area of the top two bunk beds in the fourth column along the western side of the prison’s module six, which ignited nearby flammable materials,” the statement said. “The cause of the fire is believed to have been an open flame (the source of which could include, but is not limited to, a cigarette, a lighter, matches, etc.), although the actual ignition source was not recovered.”

It didn’t identify the inmates in those bunks.

The statement called the cause of the fire accidental. There were 105 prisoners crammed into rows of bunks four levels high in the barracks where the fire started. Only four survived.

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