Updated: 05/20/2014 5:31 PM
Created: 05/20/2014 9:09 AM WHEC.com
There is new information about the fire at the Groveland Correctional Facility in Livingston County. The Department of Corrections says one of the injured officers is being held at a hospital for extra medical treatment. Ten officers went to the hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a vacant building on the property Monday night.
The fire broke out in a vacant building and corrections officers went into action to put it out. At the time, they were in the middle of emergency training exercises with county and state officials. They weren't expecting a fire in a nearby building, but when an air conditioning unit caught fire, they responded to put it out. That's when several officers were overcome by smoke. Ten officers were sent to area hospitals, others were treated on scene.
Paramedics and a doctor were right there because they were part of the training exercises too. No inmates were involved.
Groveland is a medium security facility for about 1,000 men. There is still no word on what started the fire.
On Monday night, Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci released a statement saying, “My thoughts are with the officers and their families. I thank them for their actions tonight, in helping to extinguish the fire, and wish them all a speedy recovery.”