Inmates at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in North Carolina started a fire on Thursday as part of an unsuccessful escape attempt, injuring 10 people.
The episode began around 3:30 p.m., the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said, when inmates set fire to the prison’s sewing plant and several tried to flee.
The prison, which had 729 inmates on Thursday, was locked down, as were nearby schools. At 5:18, the department announced on Twitter that the situation was under control.
Officials confirmed later that no one had succeeded in escaping. “Three counts conducted have confirmed no missing inmates,” the department said on Twitter.
Sentara Healthcare, which operates several hospitals in North Carolina and Virginia, said it had received 10 patients from the prison. It was unclear how many were employees.
As of Thursday evening, seven patients were at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, located near the prison in Elizabeth City, N.C., and three had been transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, across the Virginia border. Peter J. Sengenberger, a spokesman for Sentara, said information on their conditions would not be released until Friday.
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