Six people taken to hospital after attempted NC prison escape

Cheryl Sanders
October 13, 2017

Fires were set in the sewing plant at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, the state Department of Public Safety said Thursday afternoon.

Several fires were set in the institution's sewing plant, but Higgins says the fires have since been extinguished.

Jerry Higgins, communications officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, said he didn't know details about the employees' injuries, but that the situation at the prison is contained. Several employees were injured, according to the tweet. The prison, which houses just under 900 men, remained on lockdown.

Peter Sengenberger with Sentara Healthcare said that nine people were taken to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. The hospital said it expected to receive five additional patients from the incident. Sentara asks that family of the injured avoid the campus.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools told the station an elementary, middle and high school were placed on lockdown after an incident at a nearby jail, but the lockdown was later lifted. Athletic and after-school events have been canceled for Thursday.

A follow up notification will be issued to update parents as to the lock down situation at our schools. Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools said students on buses who had not arrived home already were brought back to the schools because of the potential of inmates being in the area.

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