Fires were set in the sewing plant at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, the state Department of Public Safety said Thursday afternoon. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App One prisoner managed to escape and remains on the loose, 13NewsNow reported.
Officials say that fires were set in the prison sewing plant, and that several employees are injured. The incident happened about 3:30 p.m. Calls to Correction Enterprises and the Department of Public Safety Thursday weren't promptly returned. Students had been released from two of the schools - Northside Elementary and Elizabeth City Middle School - but buses were rerouted back to the school so that students wouldn't be on the roads if inmates were potentially in the area, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools spokeswoman Tammy Sawyer said. The situation is "under control", DPS said in a tweet.
Students were dismissed, but those who ride the bus were required to have a parent at home when the bus arrived.
A spokesperson with Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City told CBS affiliate WTKR the hospital has received six patients.
Attempted escape at Pasquotank CI in Elizabeth City. The lockdown was lifting about 4:45 p.m.
The prison houses almost 900 adult, male felons in both high-security and minimum-custody buildings.
The jail houses just shy of 900 men, as per its site.