Several employees injured, fires set during NC prison escape attempt

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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. The group operates a sewing plant at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution that employs 30 inmate workers, the website says.

Elizabeth City's Sentara Albemarle Medical Center received six people requiring treatment, hospital spokesman Peter Sengenberger said.

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Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools said students on buses who had not arrived home already were brought back to the schools because of the potential of inmates being in the area.

In response to the incident, three nearby schools, Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School, have been placed on lockdown per instruction from Emergency Management.

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The fire had been extinguished by about 5 p.m., according to the Department of Public Safety. However, extra precautions were still being taken to securely transport students home. Athletic and after-school events have been canceled for Thursday.

The jail houses just shy of 900 men, as per its site.

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Remedy Enterprises, an arm of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, works 32 organizations over the express that utilizes 2,300 detainee specialists, as per the gathering's site.

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