Attempted North Carolina prison break leaves several injured

Pasquotank Correctional Institute in Elizabeth City, N.C. is seen in a photo posted to Facebook on Oct. 12, 2017 (Photo courtesy of Amber Stickle via ABC News)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WSET) -- Several employees of a North Carolina prison have been injured during an attempted inmate escape and sent several schools into lockdown mode.

The state Department of Public Safety posted on its twitter account Thursday that the attempted breakout from Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City involved fires set in the prison's sewing plant.

A spokesman for the state prison system and Sentara Albemarle Medical Center said 14 people were taken to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.

Elizabeth City is about 50 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia, and near North Carolina's Outer Banks.

An argument between two inmates at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in April led to one prisoner stabbing the other several times in the upper torso.

WVEC reported that students riding the bus were brought back to schools because of the threat of inmates possibly being loose in the area, officials said they also didn't want students to be at home alone in the area.

After-school activities were also canceled at most of the schools.

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