Durban - More than 1 000 prisoners have been evacuated after a massive fire engulfed the Glencoe Prison on Monday afternoon.
Glencoe is the major regional prison in northern KwaZulu-Natal, with many of the province’s most dangerous criminals housed there.
According to firefighters on the scene, the fire is believed to have started in a storeroom near the prison’s dining hall, and spread rapidly to the kitchen and the prison’s administrative offices.
Thick clouds of black smoke could be seen billowing from the facility soon after the fire started.
Wardens and other correctional services employees were seen on the roof of the prison, using prison water cannons to douse the flames.