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Two North Carolina prison employees killed during escape attempt

From Reuters - October 12, 2017

(Reuters) - Two employees at a North Carolina prison were killed on Thursday when inmates tried to escape by setting a fire, but no inmate broke out, officials said.

Several people were injured in the violence at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, which is located less than 50 miles (80 km) south of Norfolk, Virginia, the state Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Inmates started a fire in the prisons sewing plant and then tried to escape, the statement said.

The fire was extinguished and the prison, in the northeast part of the state, was placed on lockdown, officials said. The states Prison Emergency Response Team, a tactical unit, rushed to the facility along with local police.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) declared the situation under control, less than two hours after sending out an alert on social media about the violence.

The two people killed in the escape attempt were employees at the prison, Keith Acree, an emergency management spokesman for the state, said by phone.

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