August 15, 2019 / 5:31 PM / 6 days ago

Mexico City prison fire kills at least three, injures seven

National Guard soldiers keep watch outside a prison following a fire that killed some inmates and left other injured, in Mexico City, Mexico, August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Luis Cortes

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A fire at a prison in eastern Mexico City on Thursday morning killed at least three men and injured seven others, the city government said in a statement.

Officials were still working to determine the cause of the fire, which was detected in a sleeping area at the prison in the Iztapalapa neighborhood at 5:25 a.m. local time, the statement said.

The three inmates killed in the fire were identified as Luis Enrique Tejeda, Mauricio Espindola and Carlos Enrique Perez, officials said. The seven injured were taken to hospitals to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The attorney general’s office was investigating the incident, a spokeswoman for the city’s penitentiary system said.

Reporting by Rebekah F Ward; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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