Burundi: Huge Fire Razes Down Country’s Top Prison, Kills at Least 38 People

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At least 38 inmates are feared dead and 69 seriously injured after a fire broke out in the main prison of Burundi’s capital, Gitega on Tuesday.

The country’s vice president confirmed the incident.

Burundi: Huge Fire Razes Down Country's Top Prison, Kills at Least 38 People© Provided by Tuko Burundi: Huge Fire Razes Down Country’s Top Prison, Kills at Least 38 People

Many prisoners were still sleeping during the 4am incident.

The country’s Ministry of Interior announced on Twitter that an electrical short circuit caused the disaster.

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