QUEBEC CITY – Two inmates are dead and six others were sent to hospital following a prison riot and fire at a detention centre north of Quebec City.
An inmate set fire to a mattress inside a wing of d’Orsainville jail around 9:30 Wednesday evening, said provincial police spokesman Richard Gagne.
Smoke filled the wing, and when prison officials reached the area, they found eight men overcome by smoke.
Two were dead and the six others were sent to hospital, suffering from smoke inhalation.
Damage to the jail was limited and no jail staff were injured, said Johanne Beausoleil, a spokeswoman for the provincial Public Security department.
Provincial police and jail authorities have opened an investigation.
This is not the first time that d’Orsainville jail has been rocked by violence.
Police were called to the facility in March and again in May after inmates set fires.