Death Toll Rises To 358 In Honduras Prison Fire



Salon Staff
February 18, 2012 8:27PM (UTC)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — 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.

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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.


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