I-Team sources: Inmates set fires in riot at Southern Desert prison outside of Las Vegas

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Fire reported at complex Wednesday afternoon

INDIAN SPRINGS, Nev. (KLAS) — A group of about two dozen inmates were involved in a disturbance at about 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Southern Desert Correctional Center, several sources confirmed to the I-Team.

The facility is next to the High Desert State Prison and can house 2,149 inmates.

The group, described as being about 25 inmates, set two fires in one unit around noon after being told they had to report back to their cells.

“The inmates refused to enter their cells or follow orders,” a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections told 8 News Now.

She added the fires were extinguished before “causing significant damage” and that was no major damage or injuries.

About 15 inmates were taken to other “higher security” prisons as a result of the incident.

Several area law enforcement agencies and fire departments were called to the complex, but their services were not needed, she said.

Minor injuries were reported and no one had to be transported out of the prison, she said.

The I-Team first reported on the disturbance.

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