Official: Inmates set fire to mattress at Lewis Prison, 2 inmates and 2 officers taken to hospital

BUCKEYE, AZ - Four people have been taken to the hospital after inmates set fire to a mattress at a prison west of the Valley.

Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux said in an email that two inmates at the ASPC-Lewis facility in Buckeye set fire to a mattress in their cell Thursday.

The fire was quickly put out by staff and all inmates in the surrounding cells were evacuated.

Lamoreaux said all inmates are safe and accounted for.

Two officers and the two inmates that started the fire have been taken to a local hospital for possible minor smoke inhalation and for further evaluation.

Damage from the fire was limited to the mattress and inmate property in the cell, according to Lamoreaux.

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