Minister for Public Works, Miguel Rodrigo Pastor, outside Comayagua prison
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Honduras prison fire: 'started by inmates'

Honduras is beginning the grim task of identifying the victims of a prison fire that killed more than 350 people.

As forensic experts worked to recover the charred corpses from the jail in Comayagua, hundreds of relatives remain desperate for news.

The government has promised an investigation and accepted that the entire prison system needs reform.

Minister for Public Works, Miguel Rodrigo Pastor, said the fire was started during a fight between inmates when one of them threw a match onto a pillow.

  • 16 Feb 2012