Flames engulf Haitian penitentiary as chaos continues to reign in Port-au-Prince

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Flames erupted wrong Haiti's astir quiet nationalist penitentiary successful Port-au-Prince connected Thursday, adding to nan chaos already engulfing nan superior city.

Live video of heavy achromatic fume billowing retired from nan situation was broadcast connected nationalist TV.

A spokesperson for nan nationalist constabulary confirmed to NBC News there's a occurrence astatine nan situation but offered nary further comment.

It wasn't instantly clear who mightiness person started nan blaze.

 Firefighters get to put retired a mini occurrence astatine nan quiet National Penitentiary Firefighters get to put retired a mini occurrence astatine nan quiet National Penitentiary arsenic National Police patrol successful downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, connected Thursday.Odelyn Joseph / AP

The poverty-stricken Caribbean federation is being rocked by societal and governmental turmoil arsenic unpopular Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced connected Monday that he's stepping down.

Armed gangs person been roaming nan streets of Port-au-Prince successful caller days pinch small guidance from authorities.

Earlier this month, astir each prisoners escaped from nan now-burning situation erstwhile gunmen stormed nan facility.

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