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Chile prison fire kills at least 81

Location: Santiago, Chile
December 8, 2010

General view of San Miguel prison after a riot and subsequent fire which killed at least 81 inmates at San Miguel prison in Santiago, Chile, 08 December 2010, according to a prison guard statement. Hundreds of inmates were evacuated, with 14 prisoners said to have life-threatening injuries. Reports said the fire broke out after a fight between rival gangs, who set mattresses on fire. Health Minister Jaime Manalich said this was the deadliest incident in the history of the Chilean prison service. 

Credit: EPA
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