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Fire set in trash can by Penitentiary inmates extinguished quickly

December 19, 2018

Inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary started a fire in a trash can Monday afternoon in one of the housing units and prevented staff members from entering the room by tying the doors closed, according to a news release from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

The fire was initially confined to the trash can, but inmates continued to toss in bedding, clothing and other items, causing the fire to spread.

The fire began at about 3:15 p.m. Almost 30 minutes later, the Nebraska State Penitentiary corrections emergency response team entered the unit and secured inmates in their cells or the dayroom. Because inmates complied with staff directives, force was not required to secure the room.

“The NSP team responded quickly and efficiently. They are trained to respond to situations like this,” Warden Michele Capps said in the release. “I am proud of the work they did today and every day to keep people safe.”

There were no injuries to staff members or inmates. The incident is under investigation.

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