Ethiopia’s government has acknowledged that there has been some loss of life and injuries after a fire broke out on Saturday at the maximum security Qilinto jail in the capital, Addis Ababa.
The jail is home to some political prisoners.
On Saturday there were reports of intense gunfire and local media said there were about 20 deaths.
A government statement, reported on the state broadcaster, did not specify the numbers dead or injured.
Neither did it mention the cause of the fire, which some have said was started deliberately by people who wanted to escape.
Ethiopia has been hit by anti-government protests in several parts of the country, by some of its largest ethnic groups.