At least 41 inmates dead in Indonesia prison fire

A fire has killed at least 41 inmates in an overcrowded prison on the outskirts of Indonesia's capital Jakarta.

The fire broke out in the prison in Tangerang in Indonesia's Banten Province shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

Nineteen cells were burnt out. Eighty-one people were injured.

The country's Law and Human Rights Ministry said the prison housed 2,072 inmates at the time of the fire, far exceeding its 600 capacity.

Officials said the electrical wiring at the facility had not been upgraded since it was built in 1972. Police suspect an electrical short circuit was the cause of the fire.

Prisons in Indonesia are notoriously overcrowded. Experts say poor sanitation and inadequate anti-fire measures are chronic problems.