Prisoners die in Indonesian prison fire


At least 40 inmates at an Indonesian prison have died after a fire broke out in a jail holding thousands of inmates early Wednesday morning.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s Ministry of Justice, Rika Aprianti, said the fire started in section C of Tangerang Prison, on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta.

Aprianti said the fire was extinguished hours later.

At least 80 inmates were injured, including eight critically, who were taken to a hospital in Tangerang.

More than 2,000 inmates were detained at Tangerang Prison, with 122 inmates in C’s fire department.

Aprianti said the cause of the blaze, which caused many deaths, is under investigation.

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