THE Department of Fire and Emergency services has posted a reminder of the 1988 Fremantle Prison fire on its Facebook page, on the 30th anniversary of the fire.
A group of prisoners began a riot on January 4, 1988, setting fire to parts of the prison in the goal of escaping.
But the blaze, which was fuelled by lawnmower petrol, started a much larger fire than anticipated.
About 15 officers were taken hostage and injured during, but there were no fatalities.
The estimated cost of the damage was $1.8 million.
The prison was closed in November 1991, when prisoners were moved to the new Casuarina Prison.