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Honduras Prison Fire

February 15, 2012 by staff 

Honduras Prison Fire, The horrifying screams from inmates trapped in their cells could be heard throughout a Honduran prison as a fire swept through the halls killing at least 272 inmates.

The fire broke out Tuesday night at a prison in Comayagua, authorities said, a town 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of the Central American country’s capital, Tegucigalpa. The prison holds about 800 inmates.

Lucy Marder, chief of forensic medicine for the prosecutors’ office, gave the death count to reporters in a news conference.

We couldn’t get them out because we didn’t have the keys and couldn’t find the guards who had them.
- Josue Garcia, Fire Department Spokesman

Comayagua fire department spokesman Josue Garcia 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.”

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