Late Tuesday afternoon, a fire broke out at the Pau remand center after an inmate set fire to his cell, indicates the Pyrénées-Atlantiques prefecture.

Thanks to the “rapid intervention” of the firefighters, the fire was, at 6:30 p.m., “under control”.

The smoke having infiltrated through the false ceilings and having reached the neighboring cells, "all the detainees were gathered in the courtyard of the enclosure in order to ensure their protection in the open air and limit any risk of intoxication caused by the smoke "continues the prefecture.

Twelve people slightly bothered by the fumes

The SAMU went to the scene and the detainee was evacuated to the Pau hospital center in serious condition.

“He has superficial burns but his vital prognosis is not engaged” still assures the prefecture.

Twelve people were also slightly inconvenienced by the fumes.

The firefighters proceeded to the recognition of the attic and did not detect any propagation.

“The situation at the prison is under control.

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