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Short circuit sets fire in Burundi’s prison

Burundi, cárcel, incendio, corto, circuito

Short circuit sets fire in Burundi’s prison

Gitega, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Burundi authorities reported today that an short-circuit was the cause of a fire in a prison in the capital, killing 38 people and seriously injuring 69.
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According to the local press, citing police sources, in addition to the human damage, the fire, which affected three quarters of the prison facilities, caused the destruction of beds, mattresses, food stocks and personal belongings of the inmates.

After mourning the tragedy, the government’s Vice-President, Prosper Bazombanza, said that the Executive will take care of the burial of the deceased and pay the medical care bill for the injured.

According to the Iwaco publication, after the incident, the local authorities are still reinforcing security on roads and highways around the central prison of Gitega, with the deployment of military and police officers.

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