Hundreds of prison inmates moved after fires set inside Neuse Correctional

Published: Oct. 23, 2016 at 8:57 PM EDT
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The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says a disturbance that lasted approximately four hours at the Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro is under control.

Around 4:30 Sunday afternoon, a small group of inmates started two fires in the prison that have since been put out. Authorities say about 500 inmates were moved to other prisons because of damage from the fires.

One correction's officer and one inmate were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The Prison Emergency Response Team (PERT) is on scene and will remain on scene to insure safety and security.

Officers from the Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Johnston County Sheriff's Office, State Highway Patrol, probation officers and other local law enforcement have all responded to the incident.

The prison is on lockdown until further notice.


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Multiple agencies are responding to a developing situation at the Neuse Correctional Institution in Wayne County.

Our NBC affiliate, WRAL, reports that the Goldsboro Police Department, Goldsboro Fire Department and Highway Patrol Officers from Wake County have all responded alongside those officers who regularly work at the prison.

Witnesses on the scene say a fire was burning on the property and that they could see smoke, and hear people yelling while alarms went off in the background.

The News-Argus in Goldsboro reports that at least one inmate and one employee have been transported from the Institution to Wayne Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

WITN will update this story as more information becomes available.