Hundreds of police and soldiers arrived on the scene to take control of the inmates (Image: Getty)
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In the early hours on Wednesday morning, a large blaze tore through the prison in the capital of Jakarta, taking the lives of 41 inmates. The Tangerang prison is situated on the outskirts of Jakarta and is designated for drug offenders, the Indonesian Justice Ministry has said.
Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fire that originated at Block C.
The prison reportedly is designed to house 1,225 but on the night of the fire had more than 2,000, Rika Aprianti, spokesperson for the corrections department at the Justice Ministry, revealed.
All of the victims were evacuated to a hospital and the fire was extinguished in a few hours.
Hundreds of police and soldiers arrived on the scene to take control of the inmates.
All of the victims were evacuated to a hospital and the fire was extinguished in a few hours (Image: Getty)
General Fadil Imran, the Police Chief Inspector, expressed his “deep sorrow” for the lives lost in the fire.
“We pray together that all of the deceased will be forgiven for all their sins and given a proper place by the side of God Almighty,” he said.
He went on to say that while the cause of the fire is still unknown, an update will be delivered later in the day by the Regional Head, Police Chief and Head of Police.
Block C was filled with 122 inmates when the fire broke out, according to the Indonesian Justice Ministry.
“The cause is under investigation,” Ms Aprianti said.
She did not say how many people were present when the fire broke out, but did comment that the prison was overcrowded.
The blaze broke out between 1am to 2am.
Kompas TV revealed footage of firefighters putting out the massive flames from on top of the building.
“The initial suspicion is this was because of an electrical short circuit,” police spokesman Yusri Yunus told Metro TV.