Fire at overcrowded Indonesian jail eliminates a minimum of 40 individuals, authorities states

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Fire at overcrowded Indonesian prison kills at least 40 people, official says

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Indonesian cops patrol at a jail in Tangerang on September 8, 2021, after a fire broke out and eliminated 41 prisoners.

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A fire tore through an overcrowded block in a prison in Indonesia’s Banten province in the early hours of Wednesday, killing a minimum of 40 individuals and hurting lots, a federal government spokesperson and media reports stated.

The fire, which broke out at 1 to 2 a.m. at the Tangerang Prison Block C, had actually been snuffed out and authorities were still leaving the center, stated Rika Aprianti, a spokesperson of the jail department of the law and human rights ministry.

“The cause is under investigation,” she stated.

The obstruct housed prisoners being held for drug-related offenses and had a capability for 122 individuals, she stated.

She did not state the number of individuals existed when the fire broke out, however validated the prison was overcrowded.

The jail in Tangerang, a commercial and production center near Jakarta, housed more than 2,000 prisoners, much more than its 600 individuals capability, according to federal government information since September.

Kompas TELEVISION revealed video of firemens attempting to put out big flames from the top of a structure. The broadcaster reported 41 individuals had actually passed away and 8 had actually been seriously hurt.

“The initial suspicion is this was because of an electrical short circuit,” cops spokesperson Yusri Yunus informed Metro TELEVISION, which mentioned a cops report stating that 73 individuals likewise had light injuries.

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