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Union: Riot at Norton Correctional Facility

Union: Riot at Norton Correctional Facility”

Norton City Administrator Chad Buckley says all of the town's firetrucks and his entire police department responded to the scene to assist corrections officials.

Two corrections officers suffered minor injuries while restraining the inmates involved in the disturbance, but neither needed medical attention.

Arif confirmed there was a "fire somewhere" at the prison, but he did not have further details. "Buildings are burning and some inmates have gotten weapons", the union for state workers tweeted. He later added that "an inmate disturbance", took place at 9:30 p.m.

They say during yard times, somehow a mattress was set on fire.

Samir Arif, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Corrections, told The Kansas City Star that multiple agencies -including a local fire department - were responding to the incident at the prison.

Arif noted the Norton Fire Department was on the scene, along with area law enforcement.

According to a tweet from the Kansas Organization of State Employees, buildings at the facility were burning and some of the inmates had acquired weapons. Several callers to KAKE News quoted inmates as calling it a "riot". Neighboring Sheridan County Sheriff's dispatchers also would not comment.

The Kansas Department of Corrections said early Wednesday the situation at the Norton Correctional Facility was under control following what the department called a "disturbance" that lasted almost four hours, reports CBS Wichita affiliate KWCH-TV. This included a satellite unit in Stockton.



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