Jakarta. A massive fire has broken out in a prison in Indonesia’s Banten province. According to the news agency Reuters, prison officials said that 40 inmates have died in the fire accident. At present, rescue and relief work is going on.
According to Reuters, the prison was overcrowded. The fire started around 1 or 2 am on Wednesday. Most of the prisoners were sleeping at this time. Many prisoners have suffered serious burns in the accident. He has been taken to the hospital.
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Rika Aparinti, spokeswoman for the Department of Prisons of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said that the fire broke out in Tangerang Prison Block C. The scorched people have been admitted to the hospital, while the block is being completely evacuated. At present the fire has been brought under control. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
He said inmates were held for drug-related offenses in this block of the jail. The block has a capacity to hold 122 inmates, but how many were held at present; It is yet to be confirmed.
According to government data for September, Tangerang is an industrial and manufacturing hub near Jakarta. The prison here had more than 2,000 prisoners, which is much more than its capacity of 600 people.
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