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Dozens die in Chile prison fire

A fire in a prison in the Chilean capital Santiago has left at least 81 inmates dead, officials say.

The blaze broke out in the San Miguel prison at 0500 local time (0800 GMT), with television pictures showing smoke billowing from the building.

Hundreds of inmates were rescued, with 14 prisoners said to have life-threatening injuries.

Reports said the fire broke out after a fight between rival gangs, who set mattresses on fire.

The BBC's Gideon Long reports from Santiago.

  • 08 Dec 2010