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Indiana State Prison inmate starts fire in his cell

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An inmate at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City intentionally started a fire in his cell last week, the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) is reporting.

According to DOC, at 8:27 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, after smoke alarms in the A Cell House were activated, staff found a “fire burning inside” the cell of inmate Ryan Nieves.

“Nieves intentionally started” that fire, as “evidenced by video cameras in the Cell House,” DOC said.

The incident is being investigated by DOC and the Indiana State Police. “Nieves resided in a General Population Unit within a single man cell,” DOC noted. “No foul play is suspected at this time.”

Nieves, 34 of Princeton, Ind., is serving 180 years from Gibson County for nine charges of child molesting. His earliest projected release date is July 22, 2070.

“Staff responded quickly, by using a fire extinguisher which is available on all ranges and immediately responded to the cell, put out the fire and got Offender Nieves immediate medical attention,” Warden Ron Neal said. “The quick response of the staff on the unit certainly saved the life of Offender Nieves.”



Posted 11/19/2018




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