Chile prison fire kills at least 83
SANTIAGO, Chile — A fire set off during a riot in a severely overcrowded prison killed at least 83 inmates Wednesday and seriously injured at least 14 others, firefighters said. Chileans nationwide could hear inmates screaming after a prisoner used an illegal cell phone to call state television for help.
"The conditions that existed inside this prison are absolutely inhumane," said Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who visited an emergency center where inmates were being treated for severe burns and smoke inhalation.
National prison police director Luis Masferrer said the blaze broke...