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Inmate sets mattress on fire at jail, forces others to move

May 4, 2018

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — An inmate at a North Carolina jail set a mattress on fire, forcing officials to move other inmates to a different floor and leading to traffic detours around the courthouse.

The Goldsboro News-Argus reports authorities say no injuries were reported following the fire on the second floor of the Wayne County jail on Thursday. Interim Goldsboro Fire Chief James Farfour said that the fire was put out quickly with a fire extinguisher.

Sheriff Larry Pierce said seven inmates on the second floor were moved to the third floor. Streets around the courthouse were blocked to cars.

A county spokesman said it’s not known how the inmate started the fire. That inmate’s identity has not been released.

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Information from: Goldsboro News-Argus, http://www.newsargus.com

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