4 injured in fire at Pendleton Correctional Facility

September 26, 2018
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This photo provided by the Indiana Department of Correction shows firefighters working extinguish a fire Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Indiana's Pendleton Correctional Facility in Pendleton, Ind., that heavily damaged one of the prison complex's buildings. No inmates or staff were injured in the fire. (Indiana Department of Correction via AP)

PENDLETON, Ind. (AP) — A fire at central Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility has been extinguished after heavily damaging one of the prison complex’s buildings.

Indiana Department of Correction spokeswoman Michelle Rains says three firefighters and a staff member suffered minor injuries in Wednesday’s fire at the men’s prison about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis.

Local fire crews fought the fire, which began about 8 a.m. in a building that housed an auto body center and a mental health treatment center. DOC spokesman Ike Randolph says that about 30 inmates and 20 staffers were inside at the time.

Randolph says it appears that an electrical problem with a ceiling fan sparked the fire.

The prison complex has the capacity to house 1,745 inmates.

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