Employees hurt, fires set in attempted escape at North Carolina prison

  • In US
  • 2017-10-12 20:43:05Z
  • By Reuters

(Reuters) - Police rushed to a North Carolina prison on Thursday after fires were set and several of the facility's employees were injured during an attempted escape, officials said.

Few details were immediately available about the incident at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City in the northeast part of the state.

The fires were ignited in the prison's sewing plant, the state Department of Public Safety said on Twitter.

The Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office has sent a large number of deputies to respond to the emergency, a records clerk for the agency said by phone.

The institution is a high-security prison for men and has capacity to hold nearly 900 inmates, according to its website.

The extent of the injuries and whether any inmates had escaped from the facility, which is about 50 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia, were not immediately known.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Leslie Adler)


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