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Hands holding prison bars (Thinkstock)

Hands holding prison bars (Thinkstock)

GOLDSBORO, N.C. — Part of the Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro was evacuated after a small group of inmates ignited two fires and started a riot Sunday afternoon.

The incident began at about 4:30 p.m. when a small group of inmates set a fire inside the prison’s diagnostic building and the prison’s supply shed, according to an NC Department of Public Safety press release. Inmates also broke windows and damaged four dormitories.

The riot ended around 8:30 p.m., but about 500 inmates were moved to other prisons. Officials say it left 288 prisoners at Neuse Correctional.

One staff member and one inmate were injured but both were treated and released from a local hospital.

A full-scale investigation has begun to see who was involved and why the riot started.