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Fire sweeps through Indonesian jail, killing 41

Forty-one prisoners have died after a fire swept through an overcrowded jail near Indonesia's...

👤 H K Badal8 Sep 2021 5:06 PM GMT
Fire sweeps through Indonesian jail, killing 41
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Forty-one prisoners have died after a fire swept through an overcrowded jail near Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.

The blaze at Tangerang prison broke out on September 8 as most of the inmates slept. Guards unlocked some cells but had to leave as the fire raged.

There were 122 inmates staying in the worst-affected Block C - far more than the 40-person capacity.

Two foreign victims, inmates from Portugal and South Africa, are among the dead.

Indonesia's Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly said in a press conference that the embassies of the respective countries had been informed.

Eight people were seriously injured and dozens more had minor injuries, he said.

Television footage showed thick smoke billowing from the prison complex as the fire raged. It started at about 01:45 local time (18:45 GMT September 7) and was put out just over an hour later.

"The fire spread quickly and there was no time to open some cells... When the guards found out, the fire had already spread, and that's where we found the victims," Mr Yasonna told a press conference.