Chelmsford: Man taken to hospital with smoke inhalation following prison fire

Ambulance crews have been at a fire in HM Prison Chelmsford

Ambulance crews have been at a fire in HM Prison Chelmsford

A prisoner has been taken to hospital following a deliberate fire in an Essex jail.

The East of England Ambulance Service attended the incident at HM Prison Chelmsford at about 12.35pm.

Three rapid response vehicles, an ambulance and the hazardous area response team were all tasked to the fire in Springfield Road.

A spokesman for the prison said: “Staff at HMP Chelmsford quickly extinguished a small cell fire started by a prisoner at around 12.30pm on October 24.

“The fire brigade attended as a matter of routine and one prisoner is being treated for mild smoke inhalation.”

He added the fire had started in a bin and was under control in a matter of seconds.

A man in his 20s was treated for smoke inhalation and conveyed to Broomfield Hospital where his condition is not thought to be life threatening.

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Nine people in total were treated by medics at the scene, according to an ambulance spokesman.

A police investigation has started over the fire.