LCC Fire

Firefighters respond to a reported fire at Lincoln Correctional Center on Wednesday evening.

A restrictive housing unit at the Lincoln Correctional Center was briefly evacuated Wednesday evening after an inmate reportedly started a fire inside his cell using bedding and books as kindling.

Firefighters were called shortly before 6:30 p.m. The fire had been put out by correctional officers by the time they arrived at the state prison at 3216 W. Van Dorn St., according to prison spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith.

The fire was contained to the cell and no damage occurred, Smith said.

No injuries were reported, but two staff members were taken to a hospital with possible smoke inhalation as a precaution.

Smith said all inmates returned to their cells without incident and normal operations resumed as soon as possible.

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal will investigate the fire, Battalion Chief Jeremy Gegg said.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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