A fire that engulfed Burundi’s main prison in the capital, Gitega on Tuesday before dawn killed at least 38 inmates and injured dozens more, the country’s vice president said.
Twelve died of asphyxia as they tried to flee the burning buildings and 26 died of severe injuries, Vice President Prosper Bazombanza told reporters at the Gitega Prison after the fire.
The cause of the blaze is unknown.
Many of those who died were elderly prisoners, a resident who arrived at the prison as the fire was still raging said.
In August, a fire broke out at the same prison that authorities said was caused by an electrical problem.