Nightly News | February 15, 2012
>>> a lot of people woke up to the news of a horrendous tragedy in honduras today. nearly 300 people killed in a fire that swept through an aging prison, trapped with no way out. nbc's kerry sanders has our report with fair warning , parts of this are difficult.
>> reporter: like trapped animals in cages, prisoners had no escape as the fire raced through the overcrowded penitentiary. honduran prison officials and inmates who escaped the inferno say the fire was set by an enraged inmate. a local government official says that prisoner called her from a cell phone just moments before setting the blaze and announced he intended to kill everyone. the prison was built in the 1940s . each door on the jail cell requires a key. reports are that guard with those keys could not be found. residents nearby watched helplessly as they listened to the screams of those dying inside. family members tried to break down the prison gates to reach loved ones, only to find hundreds of prisoners dead. kerry sanders , nbc news.