Two employees at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City were killed and 10 employees and four inmates were injured on Thursday when prisoners set a fire in an failed attempt to escape, officials said.
The official, who spoke to CBS affiliate WTKR said two of the nine patients were being transferred across state lines to Sentara Norfolk hospital (SNGH), in Virginia, and that the hospital would receive another five more patients.
Remedy Enterprises, an arm of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, works 32 organizations over the express that utilizes 2,300 detainee specialists, as per the gathering's site.
Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools ordered buses that were transporting students to return to schools, out of a concern that inmates might be free in the area, the school district said in a message on Facebook. The SBI and Pasquotank County Sheriff's Department are investigating the incident.
The prison, which had 729 inmates on Thursday, was locked down, as were nearby schools.
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NCDPS said the prison houses 725 male inmates in close, medium, and minimum custody. "They sew uniforms for state prison inmates ... mostly institutional uniforms".
Multiple people were injured and schools were placed on lockdown after an attempted escape at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution.
The fires were set in the prison sewing plant at around 3:00 p.m. local time. In his statement, Cooper said, "Those who work in our prisons do a hard and demanding job that is critical to our safety".
A spokesperson with Sentara Healthcare says six patients have been received at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City due to the incident. After school events and athletics have been cancelled.