Guyanese prison burns down in riot that killed 1 officer

July 10 (UPI) — Guyanese officials said at least one corrections officer died during a riot in Georgetown’s Camp Street prison, which burned down in a fire.

The riot started at about 5 p.m. on Sunday after prisoners overpowered some guards, Kaieteur News reported. One guard was killed and at least seven others were injured, Georgetown security officials said.

Prisoners started a fire in a tailor shop within the prison before it quickly spread to surrounding wooden buildings at the complex, Trinidad Express reported. The inmates took prison officers hostage.

Some inmates took positions in a security tower and repelled security forces and firefighters from approaching a part of the prison by throwing objects including bricks.

“We ain’t coming out, we want justice; today is freedom day for us and this place burning down today,” one inmate said, Kaieteur News reported.

A hostage negotiation lasting an hour was unsuccessful. The longer the fire burned the higher the temperatures soared in the prison complex. The temperatures caused two homes on the other side of the street of the prison to also catch fire.

While some inmates continued attempts to repel authorities, some inmates urged for rescue.

“Help … open the [explicit] gate and let we come out. We ain’t want dead,” one inmate yelled from within the prison, Kaieteur News reported.

The incident lasted about 2 1/2 hours after all wooden buildings in the prison burned down.

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