Multiple fires intentionally set by inmates at Baltimore correctional facility

Officials say inmates intentionally set multiple fires at a Baltimore correctional facility Sunday night.

Authorities say the incident was reported around 7:40 p.m. at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center (MRDCC) on Madison Street.

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Firefighters encountered heavy smoke on the 5th floor of the detention center and evacuated inmates from the housing unit. It is believed inmates used items including paper products, clothing, and a heavy-duty plastic rolling food cart to set the fire.

A total of 28 people were treated for minor smoke inhalation and three inmates and one correctional officer were transported for evaluation.

While the initial fire was being investigated, inmates on a separate tier set two more fires, officials said.

Officials say the investigation is continuing and charges will be filed after consultation with the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office.