Monday October 22nd, 2018 4:04AM

Four deputies hospitalized after fire in Forsyth County Detention Center

By Scott Kimbler Reporter

Four deputies were hospitalized after a fire at the Forsyth County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon. 

Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers said the fire started in a room in the basement of the facility around 5 p.m. 

He said the deputies were injured from smoke inhalation while trying to contain the fire using handheld fire extinguishers. 

"They are being evaluated at Northside Hospital Forsyth," Shivers said Tuesday. "They are in excellent condition, but continue to be evaluated."

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Doug Rainwater later confirmed the deputies had been released from the hospital.

Because of the deputies' quick action, the fire did not spread outside of the room that houses washers and dryers for the laundry, according to Shivers.

A portion of the basement sustained water and smoke damage, and the cause of the fire has not been determined. 

Shivers said no inmates were in the area of the fire at the time of the blaze.

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