Authorities in Cameroon are investigating a fire inside a maximum-security prison in the port city of Douala that sent three inmates to the hospital with serious burns.
A fire official said two firefighters were also injured Thursday trying to put out the blaze at the New Bell jail in the commercial capital.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a heavily populated neighborhood close to the prison.
It is unclear what started the fire, nor if the fire was linked to overcrowded conditions in the prison.
Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, say overcrowding, poor sanitation and violence are chronic issues confronting Cameroon prisons.
Correspondingly, the Southern Cameroons exiled Vice President Dabney Yerima has reportedly ordered lawyers representing the Ambazonian Interim Government to carry out an independent investigation on the plight of Southern Cameroons prisoners of conscience held in the New Bell facility.
Cameroon Concord News understands Vice President Yerima made the decision a day after the fire incident in the French Cameroun’s Douala metropolis
Reported by VOA and Camcordnews