Laundry fire forces jail evacuation

March 23, 2010 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated March 22, 2010 at 10:23 p.m.


GOLIAD - Goliad County Jail staff doused Monday night a small fire that, by policy, forced the evacuation of 29 inmates.

The small fire started in a jail dryer, said Bryan Williamson, chief deputy at the sheriff's office. He said it's likely a towel became snagged inside the dryer and caused a small flame.

"There was a lot of smoke," Williamson said.

Jail staff evacuated the prisoners at about 8:15 p.m. Shortly after - and once jailers doused the small fire with an extinguisher - prisoners were allowed back inside.

No one was injured and all prisoners are accounted for, Williamson said.



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