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Inmate taken to hospital after Chelmsford Prison fire
3:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A PRISONER was hospitalised after a fire broke out in a cell in Chelmsford Prison on Thursday.
At about 12.30pm prison officers had to put out what is being described as a “small fire” which ignited inside the building on Springfield Road.
Firefighters from Chelmsford and police officers attended the scene along with paramedics who had one ambulance, three rapid response vehicles and a hazardous area response unit at the scene.
After the flames were doused out, nine people were assessed for injuries with one, a prisoner in his 20s, being taken to Broomfield Hospital for further treatment.
A spokeswoman for the prison said: “Staff at HMP Chelmsford quickly extinguished a small cell fire started by a prisoner at around 12.30pm on October 24.
“The fire brigade attended as a matter of routine and one prisoner is being treated for mild smoke inhalation.”
It has been confirmed by East of England Ambulance Service the inmate taken to hospital is not thought to be in a life threatening condition.
Minor delays were caused to traffic on roads surrounding the prison as emergency services carried out their work.
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