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Fire in Prison Kills Hundreds

On Feb. 14, 2012, over 300 people were killed when a fire broke out at a prison in Comayagua. According to officials, the cause was an inmate setting fire to his mattress. The fire spread quickly, burning out of control for forty minutes. Most of the victims died in their cells, waiting for rescue. Some inmates busted through the prison's roof and escaped. In an attempt to rescue loved ones, relatives clashed with police at the prison gate.

With overcrowded prisons, the country has experienced other tragic prison fires in recent years. In 2003, almost 70 inmates were killed in an El Porvenir prison fire. More than 100 prisoners were killed at a prison in San Pedro Sula in 2004. Those fires, along with the latest one in Comayagua, have been considered some of the worst fires to in recent Latin American history.

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