Fire at Overcrowded Prison in Indonesia Kills at Least 41 Inmates

At least 41 people have died after a massive fire broke out in an overcrowded prison on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital on Sept. 8.

The fire in the Tangerang Prison in the western province of Bantan began in Block C, which houses 122 inmates, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. local time.

Firefighters successfully put out the fire at 3 a.m., Indonesian private television network Kompas TV reported.

Rika Aprianti, the head of the Public Relations and Protocol of the Directorate General Corrections, confirmed that the fire killed 41 inmates and injured 39 others.

Those injured — eight in serious condition and 31 in light condition — have been brought to the hospital for treatment.

“The city government is ready to help deal with this incident. Both for those who are currently being treated at the Tangerang District Hospital and those at the prison clinic,” Tangerang Mayor Arief Wismansyah, according to Kompas TV.

An electrical short circuit is suspected to have caused the fire but Aprianti said that further investigation is ongoing.

The entire prison is designated for drug offenders and houses about 2,000 inmates — far exceeding its 600-person capacity.


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