Prison fire kills 10 inmates in Colombia

AFP , Tuesday 28 Jan 2014

A fire at a Colombian prison killed at least 10 inmates and injured more than three dozen, prison officials said on Tuesday.

The blaze broke out late Monday at a prison in the northern city of Barranquilla, authorities said.

Officials said the blaze apparently started when inmates set fire to mattresses during a fight at the overcrowded facility, which was built for 400 inmates, but housed about 1,200.

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