Article published Friday, January 23, 2009
Smoke, but not much fire at jail annexBy Lane Filler email@example.com
A fire at the Spartanburg County Detention Annex Thursday night caused no serious injuries but sent 14 inmates and one jail employee to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation.
City of Spartanburg Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh said firefighters were dispatched at 9:40 to the annex, at 180 Daniel Morgan Ave., by an automatic fire alarm. Julazadeh said the alarm was caused by a fire that started in the laundry room, and guards attempted to extinguish it with dry powder fire extinguishers.
Julazadeh was uncertain whether the fire was still flaming when firefighters arrived, but said the area was very smoky and that the smoke combined with the discharge from the extinguishers made for a difficult environment.
Trying to find the causeIn all, 160 prisoners were housed at the annex, and Julazadeh said he thought those who hadn't been transported to the hospital would be able to stay at the annex Thursday night.
"There wasn't any structural damage," Julazadeh said, "just a lot of smoke."
Daniel Morgan Avenue was blocked in front of the annex in both directions for about 90 minutes as six firetrucks and as many ambulances converged on the scene.
Julazadeh said an investigation of the cause of the fire was being conducted late Thursday night, adding, "We're about to start digging out the laundry room to see what happened."