On 21 April 1930, a prison in Columbus, the Ohio state capital, caught fire in the evening. After the fire, there was chaos in the entire jail.
The bodies of prisoners held in the coffin (File Photo)
Prisoners are imprisoned inside the jails, so that they can get punishment for their crimes. But prison inmates became the cause of death for prisoners in an Ohio state prison in America. In fact, on this day, a fire broke out in an Ohio Prison (Ohio Prison Fire) and 322 prisoners who were kept in the dungeons were killed. The captives were engulfed in flames and the prisoners inside them were tortured and killed. The jail fire was the worst fire in Ohio history. It was also one of the worst fires in American prison history.
On 21 April 1930, a prison in Columbus, the Ohio state capital, caught fire in the evening. After the fire, there was chaos in the entire jail. The prisoners were locked in the prison and they were pleading with the authorities to open the locks of their captors, so that they could save their lives. But the authorities ignored this and a large number of prisoners were burnt to death inside the jail. This prison was built in 1834. In its history, it was identified as a poorly managed prison. Once in 1849, 121 prisoners had also died due to cholera outbreak in the jail.
Inmates were present in jail in excess of capacity
Several reasons have been given for the fire in the jail. It is said that the candle fell on the mat kept on the roof of the big block of the jail, which ignited the fire. The fire came to know when all the prisoners were being locked in their prison in the evening. However, most of the prisoners died of burns. But there were also a large number of prisoners who died due to poisonous smoke. It is also known about the negligence of the jail administration that the capacity of this jail was 1,500 people. But 4,300 prisoners were kept in it. Due to congestion in the jail, many times there were clashes between the inmates.
The guards refused to open the prison
Most of the prisoners were kept in their captives as it was evening time. After the fire, the prisoners pleaded with the authorities to open their prison, as the smoke here is full. Many reports claimed that the prison guards not only refused to open the prison, but continued to lock the prisoners in their prison. The fire was spreading rapidly in the jail and now it has reached the upper floor. Due to this, the situation on the upper floor also started becoming tense.
Stones fired on firemen
Eventually the two prisoners snatched the keys of the prison from the guards and started the rescue operations themselves. About 50 prisoners were taken out, whose smoke was filled in the prison. At the same time, some guards helped the prisoners to get out. But there were also some guards who escaped on their own and left the prisoners on their condition. As soon as the information of the incident was received, the fire department’s car reached the spot. But the angry prisoners started throwing stones at them, so that they could not reach inside. By the time the fire was controlled, 320 people had died and 130 were badly injured.
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