Prison Break Live Updates: Pasquotank Correctional Institute Inmates See Multiple Injuries As Chaos Breaks Out

Update: 7:31 p.m. EDT— North Carolina Department of Public Safety announced via Twitter that Pasquotank Correctional Institute in northeastern North Carolina "remains on lockdown. No inmates have escaped. Three counts conducted have confirmed no missing inmates." 

Update: 6 p.m. EDT—At least 14 people were injured after an attempted escape from Pasquotank Correctional Institute in northeastern North Carolina, according to local media. 

Several inmates tried to escape the facility Thursday and started a number of fires inside the prison, Jerry Higgins, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety told WAVY News

Officials were still scouring the area around the prison. 

Update: 5:40 p.m. EDT—Officials were still scouring the area surrounding Pasquotank Correctional Institute in northeastern North Carolina after a fire was started during what officials say was an attempted escape. 

It's unclear why officials were still searching. The state's Department of Public Safety tweeted the incident was an "attempted escape." 

Officials have not provided any updates on the severity of injuries or whether all inmates were indeed accounted for. 

Update: 5:25 p.m. EDT—The situation at Pasquotank Correctional Institute was "under control" after prisoners attempted to escape, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. 

Fires were started at about 3:30 p.m. but were extinguished. The prison was still on lockdown. 

The number of inmates at the facility Thursday was 729.

Update: 5:15 p.m. EDT—Lock downs were lifted at schools surrounding Pasquotank Correctional Institute after inmates attempted an escape Thursday.

Video from outside the prison shows at least a dozen officers at the facility investigating the incident. 

Officials have not provided an update on the number of injuries or the severity. 

In April, an inmate was stabbed during a prison fight at the facility. The incident started with a fight on the basketball court. Later, the two inmates fought again and one of them pulled out a weapon, according to WTKR

Update: 5:00 p.m. EDT—At least six people were hospitalized at Pasquotank Correctional Institute after an attempted prison break, according to local media. 

The facility has a perimeter security fence set up with a built in "electronic intrusion detection system" that alerts guards to stop escape attempts, according to the prison's website. 

The number of prison escapes isn't easy to tally up.

The Washington Post reported in 2015 there were more than 2,000 escapes in one year. But, that number also includes everything from a high-profile escape to a prisoner walking away from a transitional program site, CNBC notes

Update: 4:30 p.m. EDT— Multiple schools were on lockdown Thursday afternoon in northeast North Carolina after an attempted prison break. 

Three schools in Elizabeth City weren't allowing students to leave due to the incident and those on buses were brought back to schools. 

Fire crews were still working to put out the blaze started inside the all-male prison. 

The facility is a "high-security" prison with more than 400 employees. It's comprised of four buildings. 

Inmates are allowed to work in the kitchen and have maintenance duties. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said on Twitter the fire was started in the prison's "sewing plant." 

A spokesman for the state's public safety department could not elaborate on how the fire was started or the number of injuries. 

Original story: Officials were responding Thursday to an attempted prison break at Pasquotank Correctional Institute in North Carolina, where multiple people had been injured. A fire was set inside the prison and several employees were injured, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

An official with the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office said deputies were at the scene and working to figure out what happened.  "All we know is there were multiple people injured," said the official, who declined to provide her name because she did not have permission to speak to the media. 

The facility is an all-male prison with nearly 900 inmates. 

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