7 inmates dead and 17 injured after South Carolina prison fight

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SEVEN inmates were killed and 17 others injured after fights broke out inside a notorious maximum-security prison in the USA state of SC, officials said. "They don't have guns", Logan said by phone as he went to a Florence hospital to finish identifying the dead.

After a four day standoff with inmates holding 42 hostages, NY state police moved in to retake the prison on orders of governor Nelson Rockefeller.

A police vehicle sits outside the Lee Correctional Institution on April 16, 2018, in Bishopville, S.C.

South Carolina Department of Corrections did not immediately return a request for comment Monday morning.

The incident started at around 7:15 p.m., he said.

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No officers were wounded, he said.

Lee County Fire & Rescue says multiple agencies were called into assist with the "mass-casualty incident" at the prison. One inmate killed another during a fight in February. The local coroner's office also responded.

The maximum-security facility houses about 1,500 inmates in Bishopville, about 55 miles from Columbia, and is home to some of South Carolina's most violent, longest-serving offenders.

Image: Some inmates had to be taken out of the facility for medical treatment.

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