A fire at central Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility has been extinguished after heavily damaging one of the prison complex’s buildings.
Indiana Department of Correction spokeswoman Michelle Rains says three firefighters and a staff member suffered minor injuries in Wednesday’s fire at the men’s prison about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Local fire crews fought the fire, which began about 8 a.m. in a building that housed an auto body center and a mental health treatment center. DOC spokesman Ike Randolph said that about 30 inmates and 20 staffers were inside at the time.
Randolph says it appears that an electrical problem with a ceiling fan sparked the fire. The prison complex has the capacity to house 1,745 inmates.