A fire at a prison in the Philippines killed ten inmates

A fire swept through an overcrowded maximum security prison in the Philippines killing at least ten inmates that were locked inside of their cells.

The fire department said the blaze in Leyte was caused by faulty electrical wiring on Thursday.

Eight of the ten inmates killed in the fire were reportedly burnt beyond recognition.

Municipal fire marshal Eric Barcelo told reporters, “The whole maximum security compound was struck by the fire, so everyone inside the cells was caught in the blaze”.

The Philippine prison system is the fourth most overcrowded in the world.

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