Nine people were rushed to local hospitals in North Carolina, with an additional five more anticipated to join them, after an inmate set a fire in the sewing plant of the Pasquotank Correctional Institute in Elizabeth City during an attempted prison break.
The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety told ABC News.
The prison holds 729 inmates and Correction Enterprises has a sewing plant within the facility.
The nine patients were sent to the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, but two of them were relocated to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Sentara Albemarle Medical Center anticipates five more patients from the prison break with be brought to their facility.
In response, three local public schools issued a lockdown. Students who were traveling on school buses were brought back to the school.
"Students on buses who had not arrived home already, were brought back to the schools due to the potential of inmates being in the area and students in transport," Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools said on Facebook. "We also did not want the possibility of students being home alone with the potential of having inmates in the area."
No inmates made it beyond the prison walls and a lockdown is no longer in effect.