Crime & Justice

Inmates set fire at LA County jail, cause brief disturbance

The Men's Central Jail is shown in downtown Los Angeles on September 10, 2006, in this file photo.
The Men's Central Jail is shown in downtown Los Angeles on September 10, 2006, in this file photo.
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Investigators are trying to determine how several Los Angeles County Jail inmates were able to set a small fire, causing a disturbance that lasted about ten minutes.

A Sheriff's Department statement said no one was injured during Sunday's incident inside the Men's Central Jail, and deputies quickly put out the fire.

However, the disturbance forced deputies to evacuate 161 inmates from the area and move to another module.