COMAYAGUA: A fire gutted an overcrowded jail in Honduras, killing more than 350 people, officials said on Wednesday, as rescue teams found the charred bodies of inmates trapped in their cells by the blaze.
Survivors have described heart-wrenching scenes of prisoners pleading for help as they were engulfed by smoke and flames, some unable to flee because they were still shackled to the bars of their cells in the world’s worst prison fire in a decade.
Those who were able “tried to save themselves by hurling themselves into the shower, sinks” and any other source of water they could find, one survivor said after the inferno in the prison.
Some inmates escaped by jumping from the prison rooftop, and there were reports that others fled the facility and were on the loose.
Those who died were killed mostly by smoke inhalation.
“More than 350 dead, it is an approximation. It could be a bit higher, but we are checking so we can give an official and precise toll,” Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla said.