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Fire hits Haiti's largest civilian prison

Fire hits Haiti's largest civilian prison

On Thursday morning (14), a fire of unknown origin broke out in a building of the largest civilian prison in Haiti, in Port-au-Prince. This information was confirmed by Pierre-René François, Director of the Prisons Department, during an interview with the local RTVC channel.

Transfer of prisoners

Pierre-René François revealed that before the fire, the prison had already emptied the main detention buildings. The prisoners were transferred to other detention centers following an attack last week. However, so far, there are no details on how the transfer took place, nor how many prisoners were transferred.

Fire investigation

According to RTVC, the cause of the fire is still a mystery and is being investigated. Given the recent instability in the prison, the hypothesis that the fire may have been intentional cannot be ruled out.

The Haitian authorities have not yet revealed whether there were casualties in the fire, nor the extent of the damage to the prison infrastructure.

The political crisis in Haiti

This incident comes amid a turbulent period in the country's politics. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Ariel Henry held his first cabinet meeting since his resignation. Henry faced many challenges, including political instability and high crime rates, which were exacerbated by the recent assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

While investigations into the fire are still ongoing, Haiti continues to deal with its internal crises. It remains uncertain how the prison fire will affect the already delicate situation in the Caribbean country.

There is still no additional information about the fire. New details will be provided as new updates to the case emerge.

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All efforts are currently focused on controlling the fire and ensuring the safety of everyone at the site. There are still many unanswered questions, but one thing is certain: this is another challenge added to the list of recent adversities that Haiti has faced.