Agence France-PresseFebruary 6, 2014 11:02
The death toll from a fire in an overcrowded prison in the Colombian city of Barranquilla rose to 16 Thursday, more than a week after the blaze, authorities said.
Inmates of Barranquilla's Modelo prison started the fire January 27, setting alight mattresses during a fight between rival gangs.
Authorities reported the deaths of 10 inmates at the time, but six more have died of their injuries since the weekend.
"Two died today from serious burns and respiratory problems," the Caribbean city's health department said in a statement.