An inmate disturbance prompted a lockdown Sunday at the Men’s Central Jail in the downtown Los Angeles area (map), authorities said.
No one was injured in the 10-minute incident, which began about 5:47 p.m. when inmates housed in module 3100 lighted various items on fire, according a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
In a tweet, the Los Angeles Fire Department said it was assisting sheriff’s personnel at the facility.
Responding firefighters extinguished a minor fire at the jail, LASD spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said. The news release later stated the fire was knocked down by sheriff’s deputies.
There was no “off-site hazard,” the Fire Department said shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Twitter.
One-hundred-and-sixty-one inmates were safely relocated to another module, authorities said.
An investigation into the incident is underway.