Thursday, February 16, 2012

Honduras Prison Fire: Inmate Blamed For 'Nightmare' Prison Blaze which killed Hundreds

A fire that killed at least 358 people at a Honduras prison was started deliberately by one of the inmates, according to a local politician.

Paola Castro, the governor of Comayagua, said: "One inmate got in touch with me just after 11pm to say another inmate had set fire to the prison in block number 6, presumably by setting fire to a mattress."

She called the Red Cross and the fire brigade after receiving the phone call on Tuesday but they were unable to enter the prison for 30 minutes because guards believed they were dealing with a riot or an attempted breakout.

Survivors told investigators that an unidentified inmate had set fire to his bedding after officials had earlier suggested that it was sparked by a short circuit. Read More