Death toll rises to 358 in Honduras prison fire

2012-02-18 20:14

Tegucigalpa, Honduras - A Honduran doctor says another man has died from injuries suffered the worst prison fire in a century, bringing the death toll to 358.

Plastic surgery chief Dr. Juan Carlos Funez says 24-year-old Jose Bonilla died late Friday in the Hospital de Escuela in Tegucigalpa, suffering burns over 70 percent of his body.

Fire swept through the overcrowded dormitories of Comayagua prison north of Tegucigalpa late Tuesday. Witnesses say a guard with the keys failed to open the cells, leaving hundreds of screaming men to burn or suffocate to death.

Officials say the blaze started as a mattress fire, though they are investigating other possible causes.

Funez says two other victims remain in critical condition at the hospital.

  • Ken - 2012-02-18 20:40

    This is so very tragic and sad. May God be with the victims and their loved ones.

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-19 08:00

      @Ken - The worst is that this can so easily happen in our prison's to. Anyone who has been to prison will know what I'm talking about...

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