Two prison work­ers killed in un­suc­cess­ful es­cape in N. Carolina

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El­iz­a­beth City, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina prison em­ploy­ees were killed and sev­eral oth­ers hurt af­ter in­mates at a sewing plant started a fire in an un­suc­cess­ful es­cape at­tempt Thurs­day, au­thor­i­ties said.

How the em­ploy­ees were killed at the Pasquotank Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in El­iz­a­beth City was not re­leased.

At least 10 peo­ple were taken to hospi­tals af­ter the fire about 3 p.m. Thurs­day, Sen­tara Albe­marle Med­i­cal Cen­ter spokesman Peter Sen­gen­berger said. He did not have a break­down of whether they were em­ploy­ees or in­mates.

Prison spokesman Keith Acree said sev­eral em­ploy­ees were hurt.

The in­mates started the fire at a Cor­rec­tion En­ter­prises sewing plant in­side prison walls. The plant makes safety vests and em­broi­dered items, Acree said in a state­ment.

Prison work­ers did sev­eral counts af­ter the fire and all 725 in­mates were ac­counted for, Acree said.

The prison near the north­east North Carolina coast can house nearly 900 adult, male felons in both high-se­cu­rity and min­i­mum-cus­tody build­ings. Min­i­mum-se­cu­rity pris­on­ers work out­side the walls on road gangs for the county re­cy­cling depart­ment and per­form other com­mu­nity la­bor.

The pub­lic school district locked doors at three nearby schools af­ter get­ting word about 3:30 p.m. of the es­cape at­tempt. The no­tice came as stu­dents at one of the fa­cil­i­ties, Pasquotank High School, were just to be re­leased for the day and af­ter dis­missal times for the ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools, said a spokes­woman for El­iz­a­beth Ci­tyPasquotank Pub­lic Schools.

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