Prison fire kills 10 inmates near Chilean capital

April 26, 2009 22:48

A fire touched off by brawling inmates swept through a Chilean prison Sunday, killing 10 prisoners, officials said. A cooking stove overturned during the fight sparked the blaze, according to Corrections Service director Alejandro Jimenez. Two other prisoners were hospitalized with knife wounds, and a third suffered burns. "There has been no riot or jailbreak attempt," Jimenez said. "This situation started with a fight and ended with the fire." Preliminary reports indicate most of the victims died of smoke inhalation, he added. A prison guard was also treated for smoke inhalation but was not seriously harmed.

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