An attempted escape occurred at Pasquotank Correctional Institute Thursday in Elizabeth City Thursday afternoon, according to N.C. Public Safety.
Lockdowns at Northside Elementary School, Elizabeth City Middle School, and Pasquotank County High School were lifted shortly after 5 p.m.
The North Carolina Department of Safety confirmed via Twitter that fires were set in a sewing plant in an attempted escape from the "high security" prison in Elizabeth City on Thursday. Fires extinguished. Situation under control.
Six patients involved with the incident are being treated at the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, a spokesperson told WTKR.
The Elizabeth City- Pasquotank Public Schools said several schools had been placed on lockdown.
Students were dismissed, but those who ride the bus are required to have a parent be home when the bus arrives or they will be taken back to the school. Fire set in sewing plant.
The extent of the injuries and whether any inmates had escaped from the facility, which is about 50 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia, were not immediately known.
Correction Enterprises, an arm of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, operates 32 businesses across the state that employs 2,300 inmate workers, according to the group's website.