According to versions, the fire took place in the context of a riot in which some prisoners set fire to mattresses and the fire spread through a large part of the prison.
The tragedy occurred in ward eight and although firefighters arrived quickly to the prison which houses 1,267 inmates, with 17% overcrowding, many died from smoke inhalation.
According to Blu Radio, outside the prison dozens of families were waiting to know the identity of the victims.
“My condolences to the families of the prisoners who died in the Tuluá prison fire”, President-elect Gustavo Petro expressed, and pointed out that the Colombian State has looked at the prison as a space for revenge and not for rehabilitation.
“What happened in Tuluá, like the massacre in the Modelo (2021) obliges a complete rethinking of the prison policy with a view to the humanization of the prison and the dignity of the prisoner”, he stressed.