Deadly fire at El Salvador prison

At least 16 people killed and dozens injured in a fire at a juvenile jail in town of Ilobasco, 75km north of capital.

     

    At least 16 people have been killed and 24 injured in a fire at a juvenile prison in El Salvador.

    The fire broke out on Wednesday at the rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of Ilobasco, a town located 75km northeast of San Salvador, the capital.

    "We have taken 23 injured to hospital, and the number of dead could reach 22," said Violeta Polanca, a police spokeswoman .

    The victims were aged between 18 and 25. Most of the injured were taken to hospital for treatment of burns.

    A reason for the incident has yet to be confirmed, but some officials said it may have been caused by an electrical short circuit.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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