Prison fire in Honduras leaves 272 dead
A fire has swept through a jail in Honduras, killing at least 272 inmates.
(AP) Tegucigalpa - A forensic official in Honduras says a fire that swept through a prison has killed at least 272 inmates.
Lucy Marder, chief of forensic medicine for the prosecutors' office, gave the death count to reporters in a radio news conference early Wednesday.
The head of the national prison system, Danilo Orellana, said the fire broke out Tuesday night at a prison in the town of Comayagua, 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of the Central American country's capital, Tegucigalpa.