Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said Thursday that about 3 p.m., inmates started a fire in the prison's specialty sewing plant, where about 30 inmates work for Correction Enterprises producing embroidered logo items, safety vests, and other sewn items. "Three counts conducted have confirmed no missing inmates", the department said on Twitter.
Inmates killed two people and injured 10 more as they set fires and attempted a prison break Thursday, officials said.
A spokeswoman for Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, Tammy Sawyer said, "We didn't want kids home alone or in transport with the potential situation that was unfolding". Minimum-security prisoners work outside the walls on road gangs for the county recycling department and performing other community labor.
Several inmates tried to escape after the fire was put out. In such case, an argument between two inmates turned into a stabbing attack in which one prisoner stabbed the other multiple times in the upper torso.
"The DPS family is devastated by the tragic events that took place at Pasquotank Correctional Institution", Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks said.
Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team responded to Pasquotank Correctional Institution from other state prison facilities and are assisting the local prison staff. Several of the injured are employees.
A spokesperson with Sentara Healthcare says six patients have been received at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City due to the incident. There was no immediate word on their conditions.
In a separate statement, the Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public School District said that the three schools were put on lockdown following the advice of the Emergency Management.
All afternoon activities at the schools have been cancelled.