Honduras prison fire

A fire in a Honduras prison have killed over 350 persons many of them where prisoners.
The prison where overcrowded and many of the victims where trapped inside their cells sceraming for help.

It is belived that the fire started by a inmate during Tuesday night.

One inmate got in touch with me just after 11 p.m. to say another inmate had set fire to the prison in block number 6, presumably by setting fire to a mattress

Says the govenor of Comayagua province Paola Castro

The jails in Honduras are overcrowded, and violence in Honduras is something that seem to never stop, but this fire is huge in comparision.

It was the third big prison fire in Honduras since 2003

Honduras president Porfirio Lobo said that he has suspended the director of The Comayagua prison and the head of the national prison system to make sure there is a thorough investigation.
He has also promised to ”take urgent actions to deal whit this tragedy, which has plunged all Hondruas into mourning.”

Acording to Police one of the dead is a woman who had stayed overnight at the prison the rest where prisoners, but also said that some of them that where belived to be dead also could have escaped.

It´s belived that the guard carrying the keys got chocked by the fire and ran off, instead of opening the celldoors

Josue Gancia, the spokesman of the firedepartment says

We couldn´t get them out because we didn´t have the keys and couldn´t find the guard who had them