Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Several Hospitalized After Attempted Prison Break in North Carolina

Several Hospitalized After Attempted Prison Break in North Carolina

- Authorities are investigating after an attempted escape at an Elizabeth City jail Thursday afternoon.

According to North Carolina Public Safety, fires were set in the prison sewing plant, where approximately 30 inmates work.

The fire had been extinguished by about 5 p.m., according to the Department of Public Safety.

The North Carolina Department of Safety confirmed via Twitter that fires were set in a sewing plant in an attempted escape from the "high security" prison in Elizabeth City on Thursday.

The Elizabeth City- Pasquotank Public Schools said several schools had been placed on lockdown. A spokesperson for Sentara Albemarle Medical Center told ABC News that the hospital has received six patients to date.

Pasquotank Correctional Institute is an all-male prison, with an inmate capacity of 896 and a staff of 410.

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. "Several employees injured." It added there would be "more info when available". Elizabeth City is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Norfolk, Virginia, and near North Carolina's Outer Banks. If they did not, the bus driver took them back to the school.

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