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HMPIoWFire004The Ministry of Justice have refused to comment on claims surrounding the cause of a large fire at HMP Isle of Wight last night (Wednesday), which engulfed two floors of a prison wing.

As first reported by Island Echo, emergency services were called to Albany prison at around 19:30 after receiving reports from prison staff that a fire had broke out in a corridor at House Unit 15, Alpha Wing.

HMPIoWFire008Firefighters from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service spent around 90 minutes tackling the blaze, which took hold of two floors and left several prisoners needing treatment for smoke inhalation. A major incident was declared by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, who sent 8 ambulances and other resources to the scene.

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Island Echo can reveal that an inmate on Alpha Wing is believed to have started the blaze and is said to have had some kind of weapon. Whilst the MoJ have not commented on the claims put forward to them by Island Echo today, they have confirmed that the situation was not a riot and have said in a brief statement:

“There was a fire in one of the house blocks at HMP Albany yesterday evening.

“The fire was extinguished by 9pm and the incident caused no serious injuries. The matter is now being investigated.”

A level of lock-down is understood to be in place at the Albany site of HMP Isle of Wight tonight and has been throughout the day as the incident investigation continues, with details of what happened being kept quiet.

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