Fire puts Harford jail on lockdown

April 11, 2009|By Nick Madigan | Nick Madigan,

More than 470 inmates at the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air were placed on lockdown Friday morning after a fire broke out in the facility's kitchen. As a precaution, sheriff's deputies were summoned to augment the corrections officers, said Monica Worrell, a spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. "They were making sure that, during the commotion, no one could escape without being noticed," she said. "It's standard procedure." No injuries were reported. Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo Jr. said the fire was caused by an electrical component in "some type of oven."

Members of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department arrived about 8:45 a.m., Worrell said, and the fire was contained about 15 minutes later. The lockdown lasted until 10 a.m., she said.

Because the kitchen was unavailable, the catering company that usually prepares meals there brought in food for lunch from elsewhere, Worrell said.

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