Employees Wounded in The Prison Break Attempt At Pasquotank County

Attempted prison escape in North Carolina leaves multiple employees injured

Fires were set in the sewing plant at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, the state Department of Public Safety said Thursday afternoon.

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The fires were ignited in the prison's sewing plant, the state Department of Public Safety said on Twitter.

Lockdowns at Northside Elementary School, Elizabeth City Middle School, and Pasquotank County High School were lifted shortly after 5 p.m. Fires extinguished. Situation under control.

School officials also did not want to risk the possibility of students being home alone with the potential of escaped inmates in the area.

A spokesperson from the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center told WAVY the hospital has taken in six patients, but did not specify if they were all prison employees.

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

Students who are bus riders who have not arrived home as of yet, will be returned to the school until we hear further from Emergency Management.

Attempted escape at Pasquotank CI in Eliz City around 3:30 pm. The prison, which houses just under 900 men, remained on lockdown. Minimum-security prisoners work outside the walls on road gangs for the county recycling department and performing other community labor.

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