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Hundreds of inmates dead after fire in Honduras prison

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Relatives of inmates await outside the National Prison of Comayagua compound in Comayagua, Honduras, on Feb. 15, where at least 357 prisioners were killed and scores injured when fire overnight tore through the prison in central Honduras, the Central American country's prisons director said. The prison originally held around 850 prisoners.

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An injured man is attended to at Escuela hospital in the capital Tegucigalpa on Feb. 15, after a blaze that began late on Tuesday night at a prison in Comayagua, about 75 kilometers (45 miles) north of the capital. A fire that swept through a prison in Honduras overnight has killed at least 357 people, the attorney general's office of the Central American nation said on Wednesday.

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Injured inmates are being evacuated after a fire broke out at a prision in the town of Comayagua, Honduras.

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Firemen work at the site after a fire that broke out at a prison in the town of Comayagua, Honduras on Feb. 15. Many of the prisoners were trapped in their cells as the building burned around, according to officials.

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Relatives of inmates awaiting outside the perimeter fence throw stones at soldiers on guard at the National Prison compound in Comayagua, Honduras, on Feb. 15,

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Inmates' relatives clash with police outside a prison after a deadly fire in Comayagua, Honduras, 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of the capital, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Feb. 15. At least 300 inmates were killed and 21 are injured, according to authorities.

 From msnbc.com staff and news services:

 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- A massive fire swept through a prison in Honduras and killed close to 360 people, including many inmates trapped inside their cells, officials said on Wednesday.

Reuters reported that the attorney general's office said at least 357 people died in the blaze that began late on Tuesday night at the prison in Comayagua, about 45 miles north of the capital Tegucigalpa.Soldiers, police and anxious relatives surrounded the Comayagua prison, which housed more than 800 inmates -- well above its capacity. Click here to read more on the story as authorities try to determine the cause of the fire in Honduras.

Over 300 people have died in a massive blaze at a prison in Honduras. Msnbc.com's Alex Witt reports.