Gas leak prompts lockdown at Flagler jail; no injuries reported

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 3:27 PM EDT

A natural gas leak at the Flagler County Inmate Facility on Tuesday morning prompted a lockdown of the facility, deputies said.

  • Gas leak prompts lockdown at Flagler County Inmate Facility
  • Lockdown lasted for about 2 hours; no injuries reported
  • The jail housed 139 inmates as of Tuesday afternoon

The gas leak was reported just before 11 a.m., prompting a lockdown of the inmates while crews investigated. The inmates remained locked down for about two hours.

No injuries were reported.

The leak was pinpointed to the jail's water heater system, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Firefighters and the gas company responded to the scene.

"I'm grateful that nobody was injured and that this incident occurred in an area that's removed from the general inmate population, Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement. "We have systems in place to make sure everyone remains safe."

The jail housed 139 inmates as of Tuesday afternoon.