Inmates set fire at Boyle jail

September 07, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Several inmates at the Boyle County Detention Center are in isolation today because police suspect that they started a fire in their non-smoking cell Monday.

Jailer Barry Harmon was working in his yard when he got a phone call from the jail that inmates had set papers and sheets on fire by their cell door. Here is how he described the events at the jail this weekend:

The inmates had already lost phone and television privileges because they used sheets to stop up the toilet on Friday. Harmon wasn't able to find a plumber, and so deputies had been bringing the inmates down the hall to use shower and toilet facilities.

Around 11 p.m., those inmates were told they couldn't shave because three people had come in to be booked and another two were bonding out. They usually have the opportunity to shave three times a week.


When the 13 inmates were back in their maximum security cell, they used toothpaste to glue up newspapers over the cell window so deputies couldn't see inside. Then they wadded up paper and sheets and started a fire.

The inmates were in one of only four non-smoking cells at the jail.

Deputies used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames and escorted the inmates out the emergency exit to the recreation room.

Emergency Medical Services transported three inmates to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, who were checked and later released. Three other inmates were examined at the jail, and were OK.

Danville fire and police departments responded. A Danville police detective is investigating. In the meantime suspects have been moved to isolation.

The cell had soot on the walls.

Plumber Carl Harmon, who is not related to the jailer, came on Monday to unstop the clogged toilet.

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