Air duct catches fire at Spartanburg Co. jail - FOX Carolina 21

Air duct catches fire at Spartanburg Co. jail

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A contraband wick caught a ventilation duct on fire at the Spartanburg County Detention Center on Sunday, deputies said.

Lt. Tony Ivey with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said the fire was reported at 9:23 p.m. after it was detected coming from a cell that housed three inmates.

Ivey said detention center officers put the fire out quickly and discovered the fire was started in a vent in the cell by an inmate that was using a "wick."

The contraband wick was confiscated but had likely been hidden in the air event by an inmate then fell back into the duct work, igniting the fire, according to Ivey.

Deputies said wick is tightly rolled up toilet paper that an inmate will light on fire, usually by using a smoking coil at the recreation yard, then is taken back to their cell to use to light a cigarette while confined in the inmate's cell.

Sheriff Chuck Wright said they have the three inmates on lockdown until they determine who started the blaze.

Ivey said so far no one has been charged in connection with the fire.

When the fire was discovered, the jail was placed on lockdown, which was lifted about 12:30 a.m., deputies said.

No one was injured and officers did a great job of taking care of the inmates, Wright said.

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