Atleast 300 inmates were killed in a Honduran prison when fire swept through the building Wednesday, reported the Associated Press.
About 475 people were able to escape the fire, but 356 were missing and presumed dead, according to the AP. Dozens were trapped behind their jail cells as authorities tried to find the keys, officials told the AP.
Officials said the fire was started when an inmate set his mattress ablaze, reported the AP. Some cellmates said they heard the man yell, "We will all die here!" Everything was burned five minutes later.
Msn.com reported that some 800 inmates were being housed in the prison, which is well above capacity.
Hundreds of relatives of the dead inmates gathered around the building demanding to see their loved ones. The crowd was deterred by police shooting tear gas at them, said msn.com.
Many of the prisoners were gang affiliated, and were serving sentences for homicides and armed robberies, said the AP.
Honduras has long been criticized by the U.S. State Department for having "harsh prison conditions" and violence against detainees, reported msn.com