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Prison damage is reviewed

August 24, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Investigators and insurance adjusters have started probing what's left of a state prison after a fiery riot that injured 16 people and forced 700 inmates to be relocated, officials said.

The damage assessment could take several days and an inquiry into what prompted Friday night's melee would probably start later in the week, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin said.

Prisoners started some of the fires in trash cans, and flames eventually spread, shooting into the air during the riot. Several buildings were seriously damaged at the Northpoint Training Center, a medium-security facility about 30 miles south of Lexington.

Officers in riot gear rushed in with tear gas, and all the inmates were subdued within two hours, authorities said.

About 500 inmates remain at the prison. The others have been taken to facilities across the state.

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