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Rikers Island fire started by inmate injures at least three

An inmate at Rikers Island started a fire inside an infirmary at the beleaguered jail Friday night, sources told The Post, leaving at least three people injured.

The blaze broke out around 8:15 p.m. on the second floor of a seven-story Rikers infirmary building where nine inmates are housed, according to the FDNY. It was set by at least one inmate, a Department of Correction union source said.

“Every individual has been accounted for. There was a small fire at a housing unit at the North Infirmary Command on Rikers Island, which caused heavy smoke conditions,” a DOC spokesperson said in a statement.

The flames were under control about an hour later, with five dozen FDNY members responding, the department said.

The incident was under investigation.

It comes amid horrid conditions at the jail complex, with photos exclusively obtained by The Post last month revealing prisoners sleeping body-to-body on cell floors sullied with rotten food, maggots, urine, feces and blood.

The blaze started on the second floor of a seven-story infirmary.
The blaze started on the second floor of a seven-story infirmary.
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The incident, ignited by a Rikers inmate, is under investigation.
The incident, ignited by a Rikers inmate, is under investigation.
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The overcrowded and violent lockup is supposed to close by August 2027 under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $8.7 billion plan to replace it with smaller jails in every borough except Staten Island by 2026.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams has called for additional reforms at Rikers, and said he will take a closer look at his predecessor’s plan.

“I do support the plan to close Rikers. We have to look at placing of the new jails and make sure the incoming Council persons agree with the locations,” the Democrat said during a debate last month.

Adams has called for increased prosecutorial funding to speed up cases, expanded off-site drug and mental health services, and bans on triple shifts for correction workers.


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