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Fire set, employees injured during attempted prison escape in Elizabeth City

Fire set, employees injured during attempted prison escape in Elizabeth City

Authorities said that a fire was set in a Correction Enterprises sewing plant and several employees were injured at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute at about 3:30 p.m. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App One prisoner managed to escape and remains on the loose, 13NewsNow reported.

According to Peter Sengenberger from Sentara Healthcare, six people were taken to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.

In response to the incident, three nearby schools, Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School, have been placed on lockdown per instruction from Emergency Management. Buses were ordered to back to their schools with any students still in transit.




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

Attempted escape at Pasquotank CI in Elizabeth City. Athletic and after-school events have been canceled for Thursday. The prison, which houses just under 900 men, remained on lockdown.

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 is contained. Minimum-security prisoners work outside the walls on road gangs for the county recycling department and performing other community labor.


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