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
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.
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.”