‘Horrific’ Scene As Prison Fire Kills Hundreds

February 15, 2012 by staff 

‘Horrific’ Scene As Prison Fire Kills Hundreds, A massive fire swept through a prison in Honduras, killing more than 300 people and allowing hundreds more to escape, officials said on Wednesday.

Some 475 people escaped from the prison in the town of Comayagua and 356 were missing and presumed dead, Hector Ivan Mejia, a spokesman for the Honduras Security Ministry, told The Associated Press.

Dozens were trapped behind bars as prison authorities tried to find the keys, according to the AP. Honduran authorities said the fire had been started by a prisoner who set his mattress ablaze in his cell.

Reuters earlier reported that the attorney general’s office said at least 357 people died in the blaze that began late on Tuesday night at the prison some 45 miles north of the capital Tegucigalpa.

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