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Chile prison fire kills at least 81

Location: Santiago, Chile
December 8, 2010

TV captured image of a fire in San Miguel prison after a riot which killed at least 83 inmates at San Miguel prison in Santiago, Chile, 08 December 2010, according to Chilean President, Sebastian Pinera. 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: AP
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