Officials: Maintenance product caused respiratory reaction from inmates at Berkeley jail

Published: Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:07 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County officials say a maintenance product prompted a number of inmates at the Hill Finklea Detention Center to be transported to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

According to Berkeley County Information Technology Director Donald Boling, as routine maintenance was being performed at the center located in Moncks Corner, a product was used which caused a respiratory reaction with some inmates.

Trident hospital officials say 11 inmates were transported to the Moncks Corner Medical Center. Those inmates have since been treated and released.

Around 2:30 p.m. two other inmates were seen being transported from the jail to the hospital after emergency crews responded to another incident on the second floor.

In addition, around the same time, another person was seen getting their eyes flushed out with water.

Berkeley emergency officials say crews responded to the Moncks Corner jail due to a report of fumes that had spread to a portion of the center.

Hospital officials say over twenty members of the sheriff's office were on hand at Trident hospital overseeing the safety of the patients and staff while inmates were being treated.

The sheriff's office is expected to release more information.

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