Hazmat situation reported at the Allen County Jail

A hazmat situation has been reported at the Allen County Jail in downtown Fort Wayne.

Posted: Jun 5, 2018 5:33 PM
Updated: Jun 5, 2018 10:14 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Hazmat crews, firefighters, medical crews and police lined the street in front of the Allen County Jail early Tuesday evening.

Captain Steve Stone with the Allen County Sheriff's Office says the call for a response came in around 5 p.m. after two female confinement officers entered one of the jail cells.

"When they entered the cell there was one female inmate in that cell," Stone said. "They noticed a towel draped over the toilet. When they removed the towel all the water had been removed from the toilet and it was full of smoke. The smoke came out and hit the confinement officers in the face. They immediately started feeling light headed, dizzy, sick to their stomach, they went to nursing."

Two more confinement officers entered the cell and had the same symptoms.

The inmate also was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Stone says nobody was critically injured in the incident and they worked to prevent further contamination.

"The inmates are safe," Stone said. "I can't tell you where we moved them to or what we've done with them but yes all the inmates have been taken care of so that there is no threat of contamination so the inmates are totally fine."

Again stone says they aren't sure what this substance was that was in the toilet.

He adds that they aren't sure how that substance got in to the jail.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department says the jail was determined to be safe and returned to normal operations.

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