(MSNBC) 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.
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"I am looking for my brother, we don't know what's happened to him and they won't let us in," Arlen Gomez told local radio, according to Reuters.