Federal inmates released one of two hostages they took during a riot Friday at a privately run prison in West Texas.
Authorities have not released the names of the two prison employees, who are recreation specialists at the Reeves County Detention Center.
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Officials say the riot started after noon, when the body of an inmate who died of natural causes was removed from the prison, Barton said.
More than a thousand prisoners were milling about in the yard and smoke from a fire set during the disturbance still flowed from the recreation building, the newspaper reported.
Fire crews and additional law enforcement were called to the sprawling prison complex after a fire broke out in one building. The reports that Reeves County emergency officials were called Friday afternoon to the prison, which is run by The GEO Group for the county.