Attempted prison escape in North Carolina leaves multiple employees injured

Posted October 15, 2017

Two prison employees were killed and several others injured during an attempted inmate escape at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in North Carolina.

The fire was startd at about 3 p.m.in the speciality sewing plant, where about 30 inmates make embroidered logo items, safety vests and other items, according to a statement from the Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Agency.

Inmates at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in North Carolina started a fire on Thursday as part of an unsuccessful escape attempt, injuring 10 people.

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

The prison houses about 730 adult, male felons in both high-security and minimum-custody buildings.

The school system said on Facebook - at the time of the lockdowns - that students on buses who had not made it home were taken back to the schools because of the potential for inmates being in the area. "Several employees injured." It added there would be "more info when available".

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The incident occurred Thursday afternoon at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute in Elizabeth City, a dispatcher at the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office told ABC News.

A spokesperson with Sentara Healthcare says six patients have been received at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City due to the incident. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

Elizabeth City is about 50 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia, and near North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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