Inmates at the McCormick Correctional Institution took over the facility Wednesday, making their way to the building’s roof to try to escape, the McCormick County Sheriff’s Office said around 5:45 p.m.
The sheriff’s office said there was also a fire at the South Carolina prison, located 78 miles west of Columbia, S.C.
McCormick County Emergency Services said a half hour later that the situation had been “contained.”
“At this moment there have been no escapees,” it said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.