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Officials investigate fire at Calhoun County Jail

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CALHOUN COUNTY - AL -

An investigation is underway involving a fire at the Calhoun County Jail.  Calhoun County sheriff, Larry Amerson, says in a news release that a dryer caught fire while drying clothes.  Jail staff and an on duty deputy used fire extinguishers in an effort to put out the flames.  The Anniston Fire Department responded and the fire was put out.  One of two clothes dryers was a total loss.  The second dryer was damaged as well. 

The laundry room and hallway received smoke damage.  The fire was contained to the dryer.  Smoke was contained within the dryer room and the dry food storage area.  No inmate housing areas or inmates were endangered.  Sheriff Amerson also says an inspection of the dryer system showed that the exterior piping appears that it may be clogged in an area that regular maintenance could not address.  Repairs to the area are also being looked at. 

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