Guyana’s main prison on fire

Inmates from the Georgetown Prison were being moved to other facilities on Sunday night following a fire that the authorities said had been set purposely by prisoners.

The Guyana-based online publication DemeraraWaves reported that numerous gunshots rang out as police and soldiers sought to prevent several of the prisoners from leaving the burning facility where 17 people were killed 16 months ago following a fire there.

The publication reported that two prison officers were chopped and three were reportedly shot and rushed to a nearby hospital.

At Buxton, police cordoned off a car that might have been used by a number of escapees.

Virtually all of the wooden buildings that made up the Georgetown Prison were burnt to the ground. They include the capital block and part of the administrative building.

Prison Chief, Gladwin Samuels said he received a report of an escape and fire fighters said they were unable to enter the prison compound because the prisoners are armed with guns and the situation is very volatile.

10 Responses to Guyana’s main prison on fire

  1. Marley Austrie
    Marley Austrie July 9, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Who set the fire

  2. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce July 9, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Ban all tings coming n to prisons

    • Shawn Pablo
      Shawn Pablo July 10, 2017 at 4:32 am

      due to state laws they ( the inmates and the prison officials ) has to eat

  3. Nikky Daisley
    Nikky Daisley July 9, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    This is sad i hope them get them this is like a epidemic i hope everyone is safe

  4. Yolanda Boyce
    Yolanda Boyce July 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    The inmates and in result’s 100 are possible dead and fear more than 40 on the run

    • Anjanie Narine
      Anjanie Narine July 10, 2017 at 9:42 am

      No just 1 prison officer dead, several hurt and 5 on the run , police officer too was injured.

  5. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin July 9, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    What the hell……

  6. Milli Watt July 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    me thinks this sounds very familiar…………hmmmmmm

  7. Shemeca Shantasha Hogan
    Shemeca Shantasha Hogan July 9, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Another fire… Smh

  8. Romena Bruce
    Romena Bruce July 10, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Regina Caesar


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