Fire guts crowded Cameroon prison in Douala

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A fire tore through an overcrowded maximum security prison in Cameroon’s port city of Douala on Thursday leading to the hospitalisation of three prisoners with serious burns, a local fire chief said.

Firefighters backed up by police were able to contain the blaze and stop it spreading beyond New Bell jail, which sits in a densely populated neighbourhood of the commercial capital, close to the central market.

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“The operation was made more difficult by the layout and the large number of inmates,” fire brigade chief Kadrey Abdiel said.

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