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Inmates set blaze inside Manhattan jail known as ‘the Tombs'

2020-01-10

Rebellious inmates set a small fire inside the Manhattan Detention Complex on Tuesday, officials said.

The rubbish blaze was ignited on the ninth floor of the White St. complex next to Manhattan Criminal Court, officials said. The Manhattan Detention Complex, nicknamed "the Tombs,” houses inmates waiting for court appearances.

A group of detainees set the fire in their housing unit just after 9 a.m., but a correction officer was able to put out the small blaze before firefighters arrived, a Correction Department spokeswoman said.

No one was hurt.

“A couple of inmates lit some paper on fire,” a source at the scene said.

Neither the jail nor courthouse were evacuated, although workers smelled smoke outside the courthouse.

Charges are expected to be filed against the detainees who set the fire, officials said.

This is not the first time inmates at the Tombs have sparked trouble.

On Dec. 30, a correction officer was hospitalized with severe facial injuries after he was allegedly attacked by inmate Adam Davis.

Earlier in December, another Manhattan Detention Complex inmate injured a correction officer by shoving him down a flight of stairs, officials said.

That officer suffered a broken nose and a broken orbital bone that required surgery, officials said.