UPDATE 4:45PM | Several correctional officers and inmates have been treated for smoke inhalation following a fire at Grafton jail this afternoon.
It’s understood a group of inmates at the Grafton Correctional Centre set fire to a mattress just before 2pm.
The fire caused thick smoke to spread throughout the facility.
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Fortunately, an internal sprinkler system was able to extinguish the flames before fire crews arrived.
Six people were treated by paramedics at the scene. They had all suffered smoke inhalation.
Three were transported to Grafton Hospital for further treatment.
EARLIER 3:30PM | Emergency services have raced to a medium-security prison in Grafton, NSW following reports of a fire.
It’s understood a fire erupted inside the Grafton Correctional Centre, approximately 80 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour, around 2pm.
There are reports that a number of prisoners and staff have been affected by smoke inhalation.
Police, ambulance and fire personnel are on scene.
Paramedics have been seen wheeling stretchers into the facility.
The centre houses medium-security inmates, male and female.
It’s understood an internal sprinkler system eventually extinguished the blaze.
It remains unclear at this stage as to what sparked the fire.