Inmate Disturbance Prompts Lockdown at Men’s Central Jail in Downtown L.A. Area

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Los Angeles Fire Department vehicles are seen outside the Men’s Central Jail in the downtown area on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (Credit: Kacey Montoya/KTLA)

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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.

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