Hundreds of inmates at EBR Parish Prison evacuated due to fires

1,400 inmates evacuated into the prison yards at East Baton Rouge Prison after fire broke out

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Around 400 of the 1,400 inmates housed at the East Baton Rouge Prison were evacuated into the prison yards after fires broke out at the facility just after 4 p.m.

Officials say power surges to the air conditioning units caused fires impacting three of the campuses four buildings. Inmates were able to return once all fires were extinguished around 6 p.m.

There have been no reported injuries. The facility is currently on auxiliary power and phone/computer systems are down.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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