6 taken to hospital from incident at Pasquotank prison

Employees injured in attempted prison break in Pasquotank Co

Employees injured in attempted prison break in Pasquotank Co

Two employees at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City were killed and 10 employees and four inmates were injured on Thursday when prisoners set a fire in an failed attempt to escape, officials said.

Ultimately, no inmates escaped, authorities said.

According to NCDPS, the prison is under control and under lockdown with all inmates accounted for.

After the fire was set, several inmates attempted to escape but were not successful.

A spokeswoman for Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, Tammy Sawyer said, "We didn't want kids home alone or in transport with the potential situation that was unfolding". The Pasquotank sheriff confirmed two prison employees were killed. The prison is now under control and locked down, with all inmates accounted for in multiple counts.

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The prison near the northeast North Carolina coast can house almost 900 adult, male felons in both high-security and minimum-custody buildings.

Many schools and other institutions around prisons and other high-security facilities, usually have a laid down procedure on immediate measures to take in case of an incident. Minimum-security prisoners work outside the walls on road gangs for the county recycling department and perform other community labor.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools sent a message Thursday afternoon that "due to an incident that is taking place at the local jail north of town, Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School have been placed on lock down at the advice of Emergency Management", according to WAVY.

There several other incidents reported this year in the prison.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper offered his condolences for the deaths in a statement late Thursday. They have been extinguished, the public safety agency said.

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