A massive fire ripped through an overcrowded prison near Indonesia’s capital early Wednesday, killing at least 41 inmates and injuring 80 others.
The fires had been extinguished for about two hours and hundreds of police and soldiers were deployed around the prison to prevent prisoners from escaping, Jakarta Police Chief Fadil Imran said.
Televised footage showed firefighters battling to extinguish orange flames while black smoke billowed from the compound.
Dozens of bodies in orange bags were laid in a room of Tangerang prison on the outskirts of Jakarta. Authorities are still investigating the cause but the preliminary investigation pointed to a short circuit in one of the block’s cells, Imran said.