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Fight resolved at state prison that left 5 guards injured

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 30, 2015 1:48 AM
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Photo by Courtesty Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Aerial view of the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale.

(Houtzdale) --  A fight between two inmates that sparked a disturbance that injured five guards at a Clearfield County stateprison has been "resolved peacefully.'' 

The incident began just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale when an unspecified number of inmates refused to return to their cells from a recreation area after the fight. 

Emergency response teams from prisons in Rockview and Benner were called in to restore order. 

Corrections spokeswoman Susan Bensinger says the incident was "resolved peacefully'' when the inmates returned to their cells Tuesday.

The conditions of the guards has not been released. 

Inmate visits have been canceled indefinitely and the prison will be searched for contraband over the next few days, which is routine after such incidents. 

The Clearfield County prison has about 2,500 inmates.  

An earlier version of this story is below:

(Houtzdale) -- Five correctional officers have been injured in an incident involving inmates in the recreation yard at a central Pennsylvania state prison. 

The Corrections Department says the incident began just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale in Clearfield County.

The prison was locked down after a group of inmates "refused to return to their housing units.''

The agency declined to specify the number of inmates. 

Department spokeswoman Susan Bensinger says the five corrections officers were taken to a hospital.

Their conditions weren't immediately available.

The recreational area is within the prison's fenced-in perimeter, and there was no danger to the public.

Bensinger said officials plan "a cautious, slow, methodical movement to return the inmates to their cells.''  

The Clearfield County prison has about 2,500 inmates.  

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