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March 8, 2021

81 die in Chile prison fire

A fire in a prison in the Chilean capital Santiago has left at least 81 inmates dead, officials say, according to BBC. The blaze broke out in the San Miguel prison at 0500 local time. 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.

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