Fire at Lusignan Prison extinguished

-15 prisoners injured, no deaths

-All prisoners accounted for

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has reported that the fire which was started at the Lusignan Prison on Sunday has been fully extinguished.

In a press statement issued today, the GPF said the fire was started by inmates after midday following a riot. The disturbance broke out after a search was conducted in the prison and narcotics were found.

The situation was quickly brought under control following swift efforts by the Guyana Fire Service and other Joint Services.

The GPF statement Force confirmed that “Joint Services ranks were able to contain the riot and escort most prisoners from the Lusignan Prisons to nearby facilities. The situation is contained at this time and logistics and other systems are being implemented.”

Fifteen prisoners sustained injuries and are currently receiving medical attention.

Contrary to reports in sections of the media, the GPF reported that none of the inmates has escaped nor has any prisoner died. All the inmates have been accounted for.

An investigation in the matter is underway.

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