The Duncan Banner

September 30, 2013

Fire in Stephens County Jail sends deputies, firefighters scrambling to scene


The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Four Duncan fire engines and trucks, along with multiple law enforcement officers responded to a fire call at the Stephens County Jail just after 9 p.m. Monday.

The county jail is located in its own building connected to the west side of the Stephens County Courthouse.

A small fire was quickly extinguished and Duncan Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Hammack said they were clearing the building of smoke.

Hammack said he could not confirm what started the fire in the jail. The county jail is under the jurisdiction of Stephens County Sheriff’s Office.

Status of the inmates was unknown, but no ambulances were in sight and it did not appear any inmates were evacuated from the premises. Two women were seen outside, minutes after the emergency call was issued, but it was not known if they were jail guards or other personnel.

The fire engines were able to respond in a matter of minutes and drove into the west parking lot of the courthouse. Three of them were parked right next to the jail and ground floor entrance, and another was parked on the street.

Editor's note: Four photos attached with story.