Fire Hits Rio’s Benfica Prison, Known for Housing High-profile Detainees

No serious injuries were caused by the fire.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At about 10h30 this morning Wednesday 29th January a fire broke out at José Frederico Marques Prison in Benfica in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

The fire brigade were called at 10h50 and arrived at 11h. At least four units were needed to control the flames, with back-up units being called in from Tijuca, Vila Isabel and Central. The fire spread through two cells but fortunately the fire brigade were able to bring the fire under control within half an hour and so by 11h30 the situation was under control.

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