SAN SALVADOR – With the death on Thursday of inmate Jorge Quizilapa, the death toll from the fire at a prison in the central Salvadoran city of Ilobasco rose to 17.
Sixteen inmates were pronounced dead at the scene of Wednesday’s blaze.
Quizilapa died of cardiorespiratory failure in the Rosales Hospital in San Salvador, where he was admitted with burns over 60 percent of his body, a hospital spokesperson told Efe.
The prognosis is “extremely guarded” for four of the nine other injured inmates being treated at Rosales, doctors said.
Channel 33 television said three other inmates who were injured and who are receiving care at San Salvador’s Zacamil Hospital, are in critical but stable condition.
There have been no reports on the condition of the other nine prisoners who were injured and who are still in the Ilobasco and Cojutepeque hospitals, 33 kilometers (20 miles) east of the Salvadoran capital.
The fire occurred at the youth prison in Ilobasco, located 55 kilometers (34 miles) northeast of San Salvador, which holds inmates over 18 serving time for crimes committed when they were minors.
Those prisoners are kept in Ilobasco because overcrowding in the adult prisons is running at 300 percent. EFE