Prisoners evacuated from HM Guys Marsh after fire is started 'by inmate on roof'

Emergency services are tackling a fire at Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset. Around twenty firefighters are at the scene.

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Investigation after fire at Dorset prison

An investigation is underway after a fire at a Dorset prison Credit: ITV News

An investigation is underway after prisoners had to be evacuated from HMP Guys Marsh in Shaftesbury last night after a fire on the roof.

A total of sixty-four prisoners were moved to a secure zone overnight while the fire was attended to.

Police say they believe the fire was started deliberately. One prisoner was reported to be on the roof of the prison building during the incident. They were brought back down to safety and were checked over by paramedics as a precaution.

Police say that all prisoners and staff are accounted for.

"This was an isolated incident. An investigation is now underway to establish the exact cause of the fire. These enquiries remain ongoing.

We would like to reassure members of the community that there is no immediate risk to those living in the surrounding area and that the incident is under control."

– Superintendent Caroline Naughton, Dorset Police

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Inmate 'still on roof' of prison as crews tackle fire

Some inmates have been evacuated at HM Guys Marsh after a fire broke out at the prison.

The fire is thought to be contained, but the incident is ongoing.

A Prison Service spokesperson said:

“Staff are responding to an ongoing incident involving one prisoner at HMP Guys Marsh.

There is no danger to the public and staff are working to bring the incident to a safe conclusion as quickly as possible.

– Prison Service
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