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Small Fire Prompts Partial Evacuation Of Allegheny County Jail

Mark Nootbaar
90.5 WESA
Parts of the Allegheny County Jail were evacuated Wednesday, March 7, 2018, after a small fire broke out in a pod housing 80 inmates.

Authorities say a small fire believed to be due to contraband prompted a partial evacuation at the Allegheny County Jail and sent a guard to a hospital.

Allegheny County officials said the blaze at the Downtown jail broke out at about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday within a cell and is "believed to have been started by contraband in that cell."

All 80 inmates of the pod were evacuated to another area of the jail and guards had the fire out before Pittsburgh firefighters arrived.

One corrections officer was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. No inmates were injured.

The jail was put on lockdown as the fire department ventilates the pod, after which officials said inmates would be moved back and the jail would resume normal operations.