Fire contained; no injuries sustained at Rockcastle County Detention Center, Kentucky

Fire contained; no injuries sustained at Rockcastle County Detention Center, KentuckyIn the early morning hours of December 23, 2015, an inmate set a fire inside the duct work at Rockcastle County Detention Center (RCDC), quickly filling the 105-bed jail with thick, black smoke. The inmates and staff all evacuated the jail safely, while the fire was contained by the seven fire agencies that responded to the alarm. Though no injuries occurred, several inmates and two staff members were transported to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Repairs to Rockcastle are expected to take three to four weeks. In the meantime, all 105 inmates will be housed temporarily at Laurel County Detention Center several miles south. Rodney Ballard, Director of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s Division of Community Corrections, reported that the Corizon Health medical team did an “excellent job checking on all the inmates for injury and/or illness due to the fire. I’m very proud for how our team performed on such short notice.”

The inmate who set the fire has been charged with arson.