Attempted prison break in NC: Fires sparked, 'several' workers hurt

Attempted prison break in NC: Fires sparked, 'several' workers hurt

Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said Thursday that about 3 p.m., inmates started a fire in the prison's specialty sewing plant, where about 30 inmates work for Correction Enterprises producing embroidered logo items, safety vests, and other sewn items.

Three other employees remained hospitalized, and four inmates were treated for injuries, officials said.

The official did not indicate if the injured were prison employees, law enforcement personnel or inmates.

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The state Department of Public Safety posted on its Twitter account that the attempted breakout involved fires set in the prison's sewing plant. Minimum-security prisoners work outside the walls on road gangs for the county recycling department and performing other community labor. Police have not identified those killed during the attempted escape. The prison is now under control and locked down, with all inmates accounted for in multiple counts.

The Pasquotank Correctional Institute, according to its website, is a high security prison for men.

According to the local school district, an elementary school middle school and high school were placed on lockout for a brief period.

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Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools revealed to CBS offshoot WTKR a rudimentary, center and secondary school were on lockdown after an occurrence at a close-by imprison.

Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks released a statement Thursday that said in part "Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and co-workers of the employees who lost their lives in service to the State".

It wasn't immediately known how many employees were injured.

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Students were dismissed, but those who ride the bus are required to have a parent be home when the bus arrives or they will be taken back to the school. After school events and athletics have been cancelled.

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