Sep 8, 2021 - World

Indonesia prison fire kills at least 41 people

 The family of one of a fire victims mourns while sitting in front of the prison in Tangerang on September 8

Fire victims' loved ones mourn outside the prison in Tangerang, Indonesia, on Wednesday. Photo: Fajrin Raharjo/AFP via Getty Images

A fire at Indonesia's overcrowded Tangerang Prison killed at least 41 people and wounded 78 others — including eight with serious injuries, authorities said Wednesday, per the New York Times.

The big picture: Inmates were evacuated from the 900-prisoner-capacity facility in Banten province, near Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, which was housing 2,069 inmates, the NYT notes. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.

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