November 10th, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Fire kills at least 16 at youth detention center

At least 16 young people died and 22 were injured Wednesday at a juvenile detention center in El Salvador, said Mauricio Ramirez Landaverde, the interim chief for the national civil police force.

The cause had not been determined, Ramirez said, but officials suspect an electrical short-circuit. Police also are investigating whether the deaths occurred as the result of a riot, the chief said.

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  1. Pito

    Yeah! less Mara Salvatrucha

    November 10, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pito

    Thats how Mara Saltrvcha stage an escape.

    November 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pito

    Who is this Pito guy?

    November 10, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pito

    Pito, PITO! Who are you??

    November 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pito


    November 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Danni

    This story is a lot sadder than the train vs. Cow story, why? Because this story is about humans. Screw Cows, they are my beef

    November 11, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Brieske

    What time of the day was the fire? Where were adult supervisors? Don't they have firemen and firetrucks in El Savadore?
    Some adults must be held accountable for these kids deaths.

    November 11, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |