PICTURES: Honduras prison fire leaves more than 350 dead


Two women, relatives of victims, mourn for their beloved, outside the National Prison compound in Comayagua, on February 15, 2012, following a fire overnight which tore through the prison in central Honduras. A fire swept through the Honduran prison killing at least 272 inmates, officials said, warning the toll could rise with many inmates left trapped in their cells by the fierce inferno. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)



Honduras President Porfirio Lobo has pledged a "full and transparent" investigation of the fire that broke out in an overcrowded prison in Honduras, killing more than 350 inmates, reported the BBC.

The Guardian said fights broke out between security forces and relatives who were desperate for news, in what has been described as the worst disaster of its kind in Latin America in 25 years.

At least eight survivors have reported that one of the prisoners set fire to a mattress, according to Reuters. A Red Cross volunteer, Jose Manuel Gomez, said of the remains, "We're placing them into bags in parts because when we grab them, they disintegrate."

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