Pinellas County Jail – South Division
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Detention Deputies
What: Around 9:30 this morning, February 10, 2012, a fire erupted in an operating dryer located in a small laundry at the Pinellas County Jail. No one was in the laundry when the fire started and no one was injured.
Where: The South Division Laundry at the Pinellas County Jail
When: The fire broke out at around 9:30 a.m., February 10, 2012.
How/Why: Smoke alerted deputies to the fire. Inmate workers in the adjacent kitchen were relocated and secured in a recreation yard to avoid smoke inhalation.
Responding deputies extinguished the fire and secured the area for the follow-up investigation.
The laundry is located off the kitchen in the South Division of the Jail. It is used to launder work towels, mops, rags and overflow items from the main laundry, located elsewhere on the Jail campus.
An investigation will follow.
Preliminarily, deputies say the fire appears to be the result of an electrical problem.