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More than300 Hundred Die as Fire Sweeps Prison - Honduras!!!

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    Hundreds die as fire sweeps prison in Honduras yesterdayMore than 300 prisoners died trapped in their cells as fire swept through a jail in Honduras.Inmates screamed through the bars for release, but firefighters said that guards with the right keys had vanished.A total of 356 people on the prison roster are unaccounted for among 852 prisoners."The majority could be dead, though others could have suffered burns, escaped or survived," said a spokeswoman.The fire broke out on Tuesday night at the prison in Comayagua, a town 90 miles from the capital, Tegucigalpa.Comayagua fire department head Josue Garcia said he saw "horrific" scenes while trying to put out the fire, saying inmates rioted in attempts to escape. He said "some 100 prisoners were burned to death or suffocated in their cells.""We couldn't get them out because we didn't have the keys and couldn't find the guards who had them," Mr .Garcia said.Officials are investigating whether the fire was triggered by rioting prisoners or by an electrical short-circuit, said Danilo Orellana, head of the national prison system.One prisoner told a radio station that someone started screaming, "Fire, fire," and the prisoners called for help. "For a while, nobody listened. But after a few minutes, which seemed like an eternity, a guard appeared with keys and let us out," he said.
     
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