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COMAYAGUA, HONDURAS – More than 300 inmates were reported killed in a deadly prison fire, Honduran government officials confirmed Wednesday, February 15, 2012. The fire was said to be one of the worst tragedies of its kind in the region.


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Authorities offered different reports of how many inmates died in the fire, while the National Human Rights Commission stated as many as 357 were unaccounted and may have died. An injured inmate is carried as he arrives at the hospital after a fire broke out at the prison in Comayagua, Honduras, a town 90 miles north of the Central American country’s capital, Tegucigalpa, early Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

Comayagua Governor, Paola Castro immediately called the Red Cross and fire brigade team for help after hearing a screamed from an inmate saying “I will set this place on fire and we are all going to die!” and rapidly the fire burst out.

Even Honduran President, Porfirio Lobo addresses his sympathy to the Honduran nation stating “This is a day of deep pain for Honduras”. “We are going to review the conditions in all the penitentiary centers to see how we can improve the overcrowding conditions that exist in many of our prisons,” Lobo said.

After the incident, Lobo announced the suspension of the Comayagua prison administrators and the entire prison chain of command up to the national level.

Relatives of inmates await outside the National Prison of Comayagua compound in Comayagua, Honduras, on February 15, 2012.

Relatives of Inmates

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