A fire swept through a jail in Honduras, killing at least 272 people, a forensic services official said early Wednesday.

The prison was in the town of Comayagua, about 75 kilometres (45 miles) north of the capital Tegucigalpa.

This is a preliminary report, there could be a lot more deaths, said Lucy Marder, head of forensic services in Comayagua.

(Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; Editing by Philip Barbara)