Honduras Prison Fire Kills 300+ Trapped Inmates

| by Michael Allen

In Comayagua, Honduras, a tragic prison fire took the lives of over 300 inmates. Amazingly, the guards were not able to get hundreds of convicts out in time because they didn't have the proper keys.

The AP reports that 475 prisoners made it out of the blaze, while 365 are unaccounted for; 21 were injured.

Comayagua Fire Department Spokesman Josue Garcia recalled "horrific" moments during the fire, including an inmate riot as they tried to escape the flames. Garcia told the AP: "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."
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but officials suspect that the blaze was started by rioting inmates or electrical problems. Some of the dead were burned beyond recognition and DNA tests will be required.