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Honduran prison fire

Authorities said Wednesday a fire at a prison in central Honduras killed at least 272 trapped inmates, and perhaps more than 300, in scenes one official described as “horrific.”

Honduran authorities have yet to determine the cause of Tuesday night’s blaze at the prison in the town of Comayagua but said they were examining whether it might have been ignited by a riot or an electrical failure.

The death toll was expected to rise as rescue workers picked through the charred cells, where many inmates were asphyxiated or burned alive, officials said. Dozens of others, some with severe burns, were taken to hospitals in Comayagua and the capital, Tegucigalpa.

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