• Short Summary

    In the canadian city of Saint John, New brunswick, twenty prisoners died when a fire swept through the city jail on Tuesday night (21 June).

  • Description

    In the canadian city of Saint John, New brunswick, twenty prisoners died when a fire swept through the city jail on Tuesday night (21 June).

    SYNOPSIS: Police said most of those who died in the blaze were trapped in heir cells when the intense heat melted the licks on cell doors. Altogether, 20 of the 27 prisoners in the jail were killed. The seven surviving prisoners, six policeman and a fireman were all treated in a local hospital. Fifteen of the prisoners had recently been transferred to Saint John jail from a provincial jail following a rash of deliberately lit fires there.

    Many of the prisoners were locked up for minor offences, and included one 18-year-old youth serving a three-day sentence for a liquor offence.

    Police said later the fire had apparently been started in some padding in a maximum security cell, which would normally be occupied by only one prisoner. Firemen had to use cutting equipment to enter many of the cells.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5PPLJLJI3UPLSB23553DMMAQ3
    Media URN:
    VLVA5PPLJLJI3UPLSB23553DMMAQ3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/06/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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