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41 people have died in Indonesian prison after a fire broke out

At least 41 people in Indonesia lost their lives to a fire that broke out at a prison on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta.

While prisoners were asleep in the prison, a raging broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Tangerang Jail.

There were 122 inmates staying in Block C – the prison block that was affected – far more than the 40-person capacity.

The block housed inmates were imprisoned for drug-related crimes and 41 lost their lives while dozens more are said to be injured, with some admitted in the ICU.

A short circuit is speculated to be the source of the fire, though the spokeswoman for Indonesian correctional institutions said this was yet to be confirmed and would be investigated further.

There were merely 15 guards were on duty for the entire building, which housed 2,000 inmates, stuffed in an intended 600-person prison capacity. Indonesian prisons are overcrowded and understaffed and this is a tenacious predicament in their jails.

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