Several Hospitalized After Attempted Prison Break in North Carolina

Several Hospitalized After Attempted Prison Break in North Carolina

A fire was set inside the prison and several employees were injured, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Check back for updates on this breaking-news story. The incident happened about 3:30 p.m.

The fire had been extinguished by about 5 p.m., according to the Department of Public Safety. The situation is "under control", DPS said in a tweet. The notice came just as Pasquotank High School students were due to be released for the day and after dismissal times for the elementary and middle schools, said Tammy Sawyer, a spokeswoman for Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools.

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Students were dismissed, but those who ride the bus were required to have a parent at home when the bus arrived.

Peter Sengenberger with Sentara Healthcare said that six people were taken to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. Athletic and after-school events have been canceled for Thursday. It employees about 410 people and houses almost 900 inmates according to the prison website.

Pasquotank Correctional Institution is a high security prison in Elizabeth City with almost 900 male inmates, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Minimum-security prisoners work outside the walls on road gangs for the county recycling department and perform other community labor.

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