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Kitchen fire closes Hillsborough Jail; no one hurt

June 23, 2014
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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials say more than 200 inmates have had to move out of a minimum-security North Carolina prison in Hillsborough after the prison’s kitchen caught fire.

State Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree said no one was injured in the fire early Saturday morning at the Orange Correctional Center, and the blaze did not make it to the areas where inmates live.

Acree says the prison had to be closed because the fire left no way to feed inmates. About 180 of the 216 prisoners were taken to the Johnston Correctional Institution in Smithfield. The rest were in disciplinary segregation and were spread across several other prisons.

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

Acree didn’t know how long it will take to repair or rebuild the prison’s kitchen.

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