Inmates Moved as Smoke Fills Jail

Inmates Moved as Smoke Fills Jail

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Hundreds of inmates were moved into a gymnasium after smoke of undetermined origin filled the Weber Correctional Facility.

Ogden fire Battalion Chief Dave Owens said firefighters responded just after 12:30 p.m. Sunday and searched for the cause of the smoke for two hours but could not find it.

Owens said his crews searched everywhere were still stumped.

"We checked everywhere," Owens said. "We virtually tore the heating, air-conditioning and ventilation system apart. We checked everything in the laundry facility and the kitchen."

Owens theorized the smoke may have been from a forbidden cigarette being pushed into a vent, falling to the basement and catching some lint on fire.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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