Inmates start trash fire at Rikers Island, injuring 12

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A dozen people were injured at Rikers Island after inmates set a trash fire in the jail, authorities said Tuesday.

The blaze broke out around 11:45 a.m. Monday in the Anna M. Kross Center, according to an FDNY spokesman.

Sources with the city Department of Correction said the fire was started by two inmates with an unknown accelerant and a mattress in the trash area.

One of the guards tried to stop the blaze but photos show the fire burned through much of the room, the sources said.

The fire was under control by 12:35 p.m., according to the FDNY.

Six people were transported to the hospital for minor injuries, three others were treated on scene and the remaining three declined medical treatment, the spokesman said.

A source blamed the blaze on the lockup for being short staffed.

The DOC did not respond for comment.

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