7 Inmates Killed in 'Incident' at South Carolina Prison

April 16, 2018 AT 9:00 AM

At least six emergency agencies responded to a "mass casualty incident" that lasted more than seven hours and left seven inmates dead at a South Carolina prison late Sunday, according to officials.

The incident at Lee Correctional Institution resulted in seven inmate deaths and 17 other inmates requiring medical attention, the S.C. Department of Corrections announced early Monday morning.

Lee County Fire and Rescue said in a Facebook post Monday morning that it assisted with the incident at Lee Correctional Institution. EMS crews from Florence County, Kershaw County, Lexington County and Hartsville also responded.

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