A fire has broken out at Guys Marsh Prison in one of the accommodation blocks
Emergency services are tackling a fire at Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset this evening after an inmate started a protest just after 5pm on Friday evening.
Around twenty firefighters are at the scene from Wilts and Dorset Fire and rescue other partners from South West Ambulance and Wiltshire Police are also at what is being called an ongoing under control incident involving a naked prisoner who has now climbed up on to the roof of an accommodation block.
Police say there are no reports of injuries at this time to other prisoners and only one house block is effected.
It is understood that the fire was started by the naked drunk prisoner who climbed onto roof and set his clothes alight. The prisoner is still on the roof of the house block that has been badly damaged due to the removal of roof tiles.
A Spokesman for Wilts and Dorset Fire and Rescue said:”A number of fire appliances are on the site at the Guys Marsh site.”
A prion source says the roof of one of the prison block is very badly damaged. The source went on to say that the fire is most likely to be contained to the one block. Sixty prison have been moved to gym and are all safe.
Guys Marsh is a category C training prison that holds adult male prisoners serving life sentences as well as Indeterminate Sentenced Public Protection prisoners and those undertaking drug treatment services.
It is made up of seven residential units, and has capacity of 578
A spokesman for Dorset County Council said “They are aware of the current incident affecting Guys Marsh Prison and is working to support our partners at this time.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of justice said that About 60 prisoners have been moved moved to other blocks around the prison whilst specialists have been called in to deal with the incident from surrounding prisons. There is no danger to the public and staff are working to bring the incident to a safe conclusion as quickly as possible.”
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