Washington County VA

Carbon monoxide leak causes jail evacuation

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - A carbon monoxide leak is being blamed for an evacuation at a local detention center.

We're told prisoners in two cell blocks at the Washington County, Tennessee Detention Center started complaining of nausea and headaches around 8:30 Sunday morning.

Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff Ed Graybeal says a few inmates lost consciousness.

We're told one prisoner was taken to the hospital, but he was expected to be ok.

Sheriff Ed Graybeal says the leak was caused by a faulty water heater. The problem has since been fixed and inmates are back in their cells.

Sheriff Graybeal says the quick reaction by emergency crews saved 51 lives.

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