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Guyana prisoners killed in fire
Published on March 5, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

Scene outside the Camp Street prison, Georgetown, Guyana, on Thursday

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (WINN) -- At least 16 prisoners died on Thursday in a fire inside a prison in Georgetown, Guyana.

Public security minister Khemraj Ramjattan was quoted as saying that inmates apparently set two fires during a riot over conditions inside the prison.

He indicated that those killed were inside the most secure section of the facility.

The first fire was set late Wednesday and extinguished with no injuries reported.

Officials say the second fire was set on Thursday around noon and led to the fatalities.

Investigators said several of the inmates appeared to have died from suffocation caused by the thick smoke.

Ambulances were seen entering the main gate of the facility, and officials said at least eight prisoners had been hospitalized.

Hundreds of people who were lined up at the prison gates to take food to inmates were seeking information about relatives inside.

The authorities said calm has been restored to the maximum security facility.

President David Granger summoned a high level meeting with senior police, prison and fire officials and other security officers as the death toll in the Camp Street prison fire continued to climb on Thursday afternoon.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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