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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.
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.
Emergency services are tackling a fire at Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset.
Around twenty firefighters are at the scene.
Police say there are no reports of injuries at this time.
This is a breaking news story. More to follow.
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