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Two prison employees killed, several wounded after prison escape attempt in North Carolina

Two prison employees killed, several wounded after prison escape attempt in North Carolina

Pasquotank Correctional Institution

An escape attempt at a North Carolina prison in which fires were set left two prison employees dead and 10 people injured, officials said on Thursday, according to Reuters.

None of the inmates succeeded in breaking out of the facility, officials said.

The situation at the prison, which is located less than 50 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia, was under control, the state Department of Public Safety said on Twitter, less than two hours after sending out an alert on social media about the incident.

The fires were set in the prison sewing plant at around 3:00 p.m. local time. They have been extinguished, the public safety agency said.

The Department of Public Safety did not say how many employees were hurt or if any inmates were injured.

Representatives for the Department of Public Safety could not immediately be reached for further comment.

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, in Elizabeth City, transferred two of the patients to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sengenberger said.

The Pasquotank Correctional Institution, a high-security prison for men, had 729 inmates on Thursday, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools ordered buses that were transporting students to return to schools, out of a concern that inmates might be free in the area, the school district said in a message on Facebook.

The district has since allowed students to go home and has lifted lockdowns at several campuses, it said.

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