February 15th, 2012
08:17 AM ET

Nearly 300 killed in Honduras prison fire

At least 272 people were killed in a fire at a prison in central Honduras, a local fire department said Wednesday.

The blaze was under control, but the exact number of fatalities remained unknown, said Jose Turcios, spokesman for the Comayagua, Honduras, fire department.

Some 35 prisoners were transported to a local hospital, he said, and some were then taken to a hospital in the capital.

Five of the prison's units - more than half of the prison - were affected by the fire, Turcios said. The prison holds 851 prisoners.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, he said.

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  1. chrissy

    This story was truly sickening and some of the posts even worse! If you people that thought this was just had suffered 3rd degree burns just once in your life you would know its a pain like no other! And i wouldnt wish that on another living soul!

    February 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    @ chrissy thank you for your beliefs in humanity at least someone out there has a sense of mind its good to know that those people (you) exist. Ive seen several prisons in central and south america and its worse than a dog pound! The one that vander sloot is in in peru is narly its walls are on the outside are lined with large shards of glass rusty razor and barbed wire and manned to the hilt no club med . But the one in honduras is even worse. Ive also seen the one in el salvador and its the worst ive seen any where. From the out side it reeks of filth and sewage stench. Thats enough to keep anyone straight.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ superman, there are TOO many haters in this world, and most have some misguided notion that they should play GOD! What i dont understand is WHY were people in prison who hadnt even gone to trial yet??? What is the mentality in that?

    February 16, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
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