Several people have suffered burns, two seriously, after a fire erupted at a correctional centre in the Hunter region overnight.
Police say that at about 8.20pm, emergency services were called to a Cessnock correctional facility following reports of a fire within a cell.
Two inmates, aged 21 and 24, suffered serious burns and were treated at the scene by Paramedics before being taken to Royal North Shore hospital.
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Twelve Corrective Services officers were treated at various hospitals for smoke inhalation; two were also treated for burns.
Detectives from the Central Hunter Local Area Command are investigating the fire.