Fire contained at LCDC

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A fire broke out this past weekend at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison in Groesbeck, but firefighters were able to extinguish it fairly quickly and no one was injured.
The incident occurred late Friday, around midnight, and originated in a booking room of the facility near the sallyport, which is the large entry where law enforcement officers drive in with those under arrest.
“It was a little fire in the booking room, in the middle of the night so there was nobody in there,” said LCDC Warden and Administrator Mike Sutton, who confirmed there were flames as well as smoke.
“It was in an administrative area,” Sutton said. “One office was totally destroyed.”
The building has never had a fire before, he said, but has its own equipment to put out fires, as required by law.
“We have fire hoses just like the fire department inside the building,” Sutton said. “You just unload them and turn them on.”
“There are fire suppression systems and smoke evacuation systems,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen. “The facility meets all state and federal requirements for housing inmates.”
Nevertheless, several area fire departments responded and helped put out the fire, including Groesbeck and Kosse volunteer fire departments and Mexia Fire Department.