Prison fire began in high risk unit cell

| 23/11/2023 | 7 Comments
Cayman News Service
HM Cayman Islands Prison Service admin building

(CNS): As the joint investigation by the Cayman Islands Fire Service and the police into a fire at HMP Northward on Tuesday continues, officials have revealed that the blaze started in the high-risk unit where category A prisoners are held. Initial information is that prison officers detected smoke within a prisoner’s cell on the unit and spotted a small fire on the inmate’s mattress, which was extinguished by the officers.

Contact was made with the 911 call centre, which dispatched the police, fire and ambulance services. Two prisoners were taken to the George Town hospital by ambulance to be treated for smoke inhalation. Three prison officers also attended the hospital. All five men have since been discharged.

Home Affairs Minister Sabrina Turner said, “The security of our prisons, safety of staff, and welfare of prisoners alike is of paramount importance to me. I would like to thank the fire service, RCIPS, EMS, and Health Services Authority for their collective professionalism and collaboration in response to this incident.”


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  1. Anonymous says:

    We should ask the Jamaican Government to rent us a section of the Spanish Town Jail for our worst offenders and pay for staff there to look after them.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Make a tent prison. It will cut down dramatically on the cost to house prisoners and it will not be a country club but hopefully the experience will be unpleasant enough to reduce recidivism.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s a real disgrace what’s going at that prison but it’s controlled by those who has little concern or no regard for others.

  4. Officer down says:

    No thanks to the speedy a actions of officers then saving lives?

    Sounds about right

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    • Anonymous says:

      The same officers that turned a blind eye when the contraband arrived in the first place? Or did you mean the officers that actually brought it in for sale?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I think the report would have been just fine without the statement from Sabrina.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Category A prisoners should be kept at a Category A Prison not a Category C Prison!

    Build a prison for them or ship them out with the rest.

    S I M P L E

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