Chilean prison fire kills 81, "inhumane" conditions

A prison fire in Chile's capital of Santiago left 81 dead Wednesday, raising the issue of the prison's "inhumane" conditions.

"The conditions that existed at the prison were inhumane," Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said. "Chile does not deserve a prison system as we have. This is a problem that has dragged on for a long time," said CNN.

Reports said that two inmates set mattresses on fire, triggering the blaze. The BBC's Gideon Long in Santiago said that the fire is under control but there is havoc among the roughly 5,000 people outside of the prison waiting to hear more news of the inmates, said BBC.

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