State Fire Marshal: Inmate badly burned in Baldwin jail, fire started near cell

BALDWIN, La. (KLFY) - ​UPDATE: State Fire Marshal Butch Browning told KLFY on Tuesday that the fire is still under investigation. He said there is indication that the fire started near the cell area.

The inmate was "significantly burned" and remains hospitalized today. Investigators are still waiting to interview him, Browning said. 

Mayor Lancesline said a temporary jail will housed in Baldwin's town hall.

Monday 7:30 p.m.: One prisoner was injured when flames tore through the Baldwin Police Department Monday afternoon.

Officials say the fire started in one of the jails' cells.

A prisoner in the cell had to be airlifted to a local hospital and there is still no word on the extent of his injuries.

Louisiana State Police and the State Fire Marshal's office has taken over the investigation.

Baldwin Police Chief Harry Smith says he hopes the department can relocate back to their old location.
Monday, 6 :30 p.m:  Baldwin Mayor Donna Lancesline said the town's police department was completely gutted today due to a fire.

Neighboring fire departments assisted in extinguishing the blaze, which is still under investigation.

The mayor said an inmate was injured in the fire and has been airlifted to a local hospital.

Their injures are unknown at this time.

We will update this story as new information becomes available.

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