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Several injured during attempted escape at Pasquotank Correctional Institution

13 October 2017

North Carolina officials say the Pasquotank prison has been placed on lockdown.

Multiple fires set in the sewing plant of the Pasquotank Correctional Institute in North Carolina have reportedly resulted in several people injured during an attempted mass escape from the prison.

It wasn't immediately known how many employees were injured.

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. Sentara asked that family of the injured avoid the campus.

After school events and athletics at Northside, ECMS and PCHS have been cancelled.

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Correction Enterprises, an arm of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, operates 32 businesses across the state that employs 2,300 inmate workers, according to the group's website.

Elizabeth City fire crews and EMS have responded to the prison, along with police officers and sheriff's office depities.

Students were dismissed, but those who ride the bus were required to have a parent at home when the bus arrived.

WAVY's Joe Fisher and Matt Gregory will have updates from Elizabeth City.

Several injured during attempted escape at Pasquotank Correctional Institution