At least 38 people have been killed and dozens seriously injured in a fire that broke out in a prison in the East African capital of Burundi. Reuters said most of the victims are elderly.
The vice president informed about the fire in Gititz Burundi Prosper Bazombanza. He announced that it is not known what caused the fire. According to eyewitness accounts, the fire started early in the morning.
At least 38 people were killed and 69 seriously injured. Reuters reported that many of the victims were inmates in old age. Twelve prisoners have been reported to have died of suffocation as they tried to escape the burning building, and 26 died of their injuries.
According to the administration of the penitentiary, at the end of November, there were over 1,500 inmates there.
In August, there was a fire in the same prison as a result of an electrical failure, but there were no deaths then.
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