A fire was set in the prison sewing plant, and several employees are injured.
Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School were all placed on lockdown around 3:45pm local time, according to the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools district (ESPPS). Fires extinguished. Situation under control.
According to Peter Sengenberger from Sentara Healthcare, six people were taken to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.
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Students were dismissed, but those who ride the bus were required to have a parent at home when the bus arrived.
Pasquotank Correctional Institute is an all-male prison, with an inmate capacity of 896 and a staff of 410.
Elizabeth City is about 50 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia, and near North Carolina's Outer Banks.
The Elizabeth City- Pasquotank Public Schools said several schools had been placed on lockdown. Fires set in prison sewing plant. The official didn't clarify whether the injured were prison employees, law enforcement or inmates, but the hospital said in a statement: "We ask family of patients to please avoid the campus".