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

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

State prison officials are reporting that several prison employees have been injured following an attempted escape today at Pasquotank Correctional Institute north of Elizabeth City.

Check back for updates on this breaking-news story.

The Department of Public Safety said Pasquotank Correctional Institute can house about 900 close, medium and minium custody inmates.

Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School were placed on lockdown, which was lifted just before 5 p.m. Calls to Correction Enterprises and the Department of Public Safety Thursday weren't immediately returned. The situation is "under control", DPS said in a tweet.

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Six patients involved with the incident are being treated at the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, a spokesperson told WTKR.

Attempted escape at Pasquotank CI in Eliz City around 3:30 pm. The lockdown was lifting about 4:45 p.m. However, extra precautions were still being taken to securely transport students home.

After school events and athletics at all three schools were cancelled.

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 performing other community labor.

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