Several injured during attempted escape at Pasquotank Correctional Institution

Pasquotank Correctional Institute at 527 Commerce Dr Elizabeth City N.C

An attempted prison escape in Elizabeth City resulted in several injured employees, the N.C. Department of Public Safety said in a tweet Thursday. The sewing plant is a prison enterprise at Pasquotank Correctional Institute. Fires were set in the prison sewing plant and several employees were injured, according to the tweet.

It was unclear if any prisoners actually got out.

The prison houses almost 900 adult, male felons in both high-security and minimum-custody buildings.

An official with the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office said deputies were at the scene and working to figure out what happened. The security fence around the facility has "a built-in electronic intrusion detection system" that "alerts armed correction officers".

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A spokespersons with Sentara Healthcare says six patients have been received at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center due to the incident at the prison.

Schools in the area reportedly went on lockdown.

According to Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School were placed on lockdown shortly after news of the incident broke.

This is a developing story.

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