LINCOLN - A small fire at a prison complex Tuesday afternoon led to the temporary evacuation of about eight prisoners and staff members.
The fire call was shortly before 4:30 p.m. at Housing Unit 6, a concrete and brick building at Logan Correctional Center, said Lincoln Assistant Fire Chief Mark Miller. The fire involved a 3-by-7-foot window and the surrounding wall of a laundry room.
The damage was contained to the room, and Miller estimated repairs at $1,000 to $5,000.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Miller said there wasn't an air conditioner unit or electrical source near where the fire began.
Prison workers had partly doused the blaze before firefighters extinguished the rest of it.
Derek Schnapp, Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman, said the eight people were evacuated after a window frame was found on fire. He said there were no injuries, and inmates were able to return to the building later in the day.
Most inmates were either outside in the prison yard or eating at the time, Schnapp said.
When firefighters arrived, those inside in the building had already been evacuated, Miller said.
Logan Correctional Center is a medium-security prison for adult men on about 138 acres.