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Latino Daily News

Friday February 17, 2012

ATF to Help Honduras Investigate Deadly Prison Fire

ATF to Help Honduras Investigate Deadly Prison Fire

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At the request of the Honduran government, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today activated its International Response Team (IRT) to investigate the fire that swept through a national correctional facility in Comayagua, Honduras, killing more than 350 inmates.

The ATF IRT provides technical and forensic assistance and oversight worldwide in arson and explosives investigations.

At approximately 10:50 p.m. Tuesday a blaze swept through the prison which housed approximately 850 inmates. The Honduran government requested ATF’s expertise through the Department of State to determine the cause of the fire. The ATF lead element of the team will arrive today and begin reconstructing the scene, identifying the origin of the fire, conducting interviews, and sifting through debris to obtain evidence related to the blaze.

Past activations include the recovery of several improvised explosive devices in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in January 2008; and a nightclub bombing in Bogota, Colombia, that killed 32 people in February 2003.