Fire at Tangerang prison in Banten province on the morning of September 8 – Photo: KOMPAS TV
According to AFP news agency, the fire broke out at Tangerang prison in Banten province, west of the capital Jakarta, at dawn on September 8 when most inmates were asleep.
“Forty-one prisoners died, eight were seriously injured and 72 others were slightly injured,” Jakarta police chief Fadil Imran told reporters.
The seriously injured people were taken to general hospitals in Tangerang city in Banten province for treatment.
Fire at Tangerang prison in Banten province, Indonesia on the morning of September 8 – Video: KOMPAS TV
Rika Aprianti, a spokeswoman for the prison management agency under the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said the fire broke out between 1am and 2am in block C of Tangerang prison. Firefighters extinguished the fire.
Area C is used to detain people arrested for drug-related crimes. This place can hold up to 122 people. Ms. Rika Aprianti did not say how many people were there at the time of the fire, but confirmed the complex was overcrowded with prisoners.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire. It is now suspected that the fire was caused by an electrical short.
“I went to check the scene. Based on initial observations, I suspect the fire was caused by an electrical short,” said Mr. Fadil Imran.