Two North Carolina prison employees killed in attempted prisoner escape

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Pasquotank Correctional Institute at 527 Commerce Dr, Elizabeth City, N.C. (Google Maps)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Two employees at a North Carolina prison were killed and several others injured during an attempted prisoner escape Thursday, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

WTKR reported that fires were also set in the prison sewing plant at Pasquotank Correctional Institution, according to department officials.

After the fire was set, several inmates unsuccessfully attempted to escape.

Several schools in the Elizabeth City area had been placed on lockdown, but the lockdowns have since been lifted.

Fourteen people being treated at local hospitals, according to WTKR. Two are being transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, which is also expecting five additional patients. The extent of their injuries remains uncertain.

The state confirmed Thursday evening that there are no missing inmates. The facility remains under control and on lockdown.

Pasquotank Correctional Institution houses about 900 inmates, but Wednesday’s inmate count is at 729.