Disturbance at IDOC prison south of Boise includes fire set by inmates, officials say

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Posted at 3:22 PM, Apr 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-11 17:22:37-04

This article was originally written by Ian Max Stevenson for the Idaho Statesman.

Authorities worked into the night Saturday at the Idaho State Correctional Center in Kuna to investigate and bring under control a disturbance by inmates that included starting a fire.

Idaho Department of Correction spokesperson Jeff Ray told the Statesman that inmates also attempted to break some windows in the housing unit known as H Block, Tier One, which holds nearly 100 prisoners. This particular IDOC facility houses minimum-security, medium-security and close-custody residents, according to IDOC’s website.

Ray told the Statesman four inmates were transported to a Boise hospital for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. He said no staff were injured.

Ray said that the disturbance was limited to the single housing unit. Some people were evacuated, he said.

The Boise Police Department, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Ada County paramedics and Kuna Fire District all responded to the prison to assist.