Jail Evacuated After Smoke Fills Building

Charges may be filed against an inmate if authorites can determine who was responsible for the fire that caused the Coffee County Jail and Justice Center to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon, the Manchester Times reports. Inmates were placed in a fenced area behind the jail while firefighters searched the building. According to Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves, toilet paper sent through the ductwork “probably caused” the building to fill with smoke. The origination of the smoke was traced to one cell holding 26 people, Graves says, so the investigation continues.

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