By Kristen Macklingam
The series of fires which took place at the Camp Street prison between last evening and noon today is said to be as a result of a raid being conducted in the Capital Offences Section ‘A’ in the jail by prison officers.
This raid unearthed 19 cellular phones and a quantity of illegal drugs which were found to be in the possession of prisoners.
Following the seizure of these items by prison officers the inmates began their form of protest by setting mattresses afire.
According to the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Georgetown Prison, Superintendent Kelvin Pilgrim, there were nine fires which occurred last night by the hands of prisoners.
However, the fires were all successfully extinguished as the prisoners continued to demand that the items which had been seized (cellular phones and narcotics) be returned to them.
Inews understands that due to the fact that their demands had not been met last night when the series of fires took place the prisoners continued their ‘fire lighting’ exercise again this morning.
Pilgrim has confirmed that 16 inmates thus far have met their demise as a result of today’s fire.
Meanwhile, ‘A’ Division Commander Clifton Hicken moments ago told Inews that five other prisoners who were injured during the blaze this midday are presently receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
“I can confirm that in excess of 10 bodies have been found but it is too soon to say what the total figure will be…we are still working here at the Prison so it is too soon to conclude what the death toll is…we are placing safety first so we are working hard right now,” he declared.