70 inmates moved after small riot at Boyd Co. jail

Published: Aug. 20, 2017 at 11:07 AM EDT
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The Boyd County Detention Center is assessing damage to its facility after a small riot broke out late Saturday night, according to a news release.

It happened about 11:30 p.m.

The release reports the riot was contained to one cell block. The jail reports in the release that ten maximum security inmates, who have been charged with violent crimes, started fighting with two deputies and then forced them to retreat until backup arrived. During that time, deputies were able to contain them in a secure hallway.

According to the release, while the inmates were in the hallway they stacked blankets, mail and other flammable items against both entry doors and set them on fire.

Several other agencies, including police and firefighters from surrounding counties and state police, responded to the jail. The release says authorities made entry into the hallway where the inmates were rioting and were able to put the fire out and restrain the inmates.

Due to heavy smoke and water damage, the release says 70 inmates were to moved to other facilities. More inmates may be moved Sunday to allow crews to assess the damage from the water and fire.

The inmates were moved to the Little Sandy Correctional Complex, the Carter County Detention Center and the Pike County Detention Center.

The release says water damage to the facility control systems is the main issue.