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Police: Kentucky prison riot under control

(CNN) -- Authorities quelled a prison riot Saturday in Kentucky after inmates torched buildings, shattered windows and threw rocks at guards.

 Inmates at the medium-security Northpoint Training Center in Burgin set fires, shattered windows and destroyed other prison property in the riot Friday, which started shortly after the warden announced he'd ease restrictions on a lockdown, said Mendalyn Cochran, Northpoint spokeswoman. The fires were still burning early Saturday morning.

Prison guards tear-gassed hundreds of inmates in an attempt to regain control of the prison, but it took until early Saturday morning to get the facility under control, said Lt. David Jude of Kentucky State Police.

The damage to facility was so severe that all the prison's 1,200 inmates had to be kept outside in a prison yard, Jude said.  "There are several buildings in the front that will be a total loss," Jude said.

Several inmates were transported to hospitals with minor injuries and no one on the prison's staff was harmed. 

The lockdown, which may have contributed to the riot, was instituted Tuesday, after about 10 to 15 inmates assaulted two others in a fight over stolen property, Cochran said. 

A warden told prisoners about 6 p.m. on Friday of a plan to ease the lockdown, but 30 minutes later, fires began to spread through the dorm-styled institution, she said. 

Inmates were evacuated to the yard and authorities threw tear gas over the fence to subdue the prisoners, Cochran said. An investigation will determine whether criminal charges will be levied against some of the inmates.

Burgin is about 40 miles southwest of Lexington.

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