Several injured during attempted escape at Pasquotank Correctional Institution

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Attempted escape at Pasquotank CI in Elizabeth City.

Multiple fires set in an attempted mass escape from North Carolina's Pasquotank Correctional Institute in North Carolina have resulted in several people injured, according to reports. About 5:30 p.m., DPS said the prison is on lockdown and the fires have been extinguished.

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

A local school official reported that three schools near the prison are on lockdown. Fires set in prison sewing plant.

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

Elizabeth City's Sentara Albemarle Medical Center received six people requiring treatment, hospital spokesman Peter Sengenberger said. Several employees injured. More info when avail. Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle, and Pasquotank County High School were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

The high-security prison has 896 male inmates, according to the Department of Public Safety. Elizabeth City is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Norfolk, Virginia, and near North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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.

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