INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Almost 30 inmates have been injured in falls or fights after an influence outage plunged a privately operated jail in Indianapolis into darkness and a backup generator didn’t kick on, officers stated.

Marion County Jail II, operated by personal contractor CoreCivic, skilled an influence outage and simultaneous back-up generator failure simply earlier than three a.m. Monday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Workplace stated.

Police and sheriff’s deputies established a fringe across the jail, however the workplace stated there was no safety breach. Sheriff Kerry Forestal stated that whereas radios and surveillance cameras, together with all inside lighting, have been out through the outage, inmates remained locked of their dorm, the place fights broke out.

CoreCivic stated 28 inmates have been handled for accidents — 11 transported to a hospital and 17 handled by jail medical workers. Earlier Monday, officers had reported that the variety of injured was 11 complete.

The sheriff’s workplace initially reported that energy was out on the jail for under 10 minutes, however Forestal stated throughout a Monday afternoon information convention that it is believed the outage lasted an hour and 37 minutes.

Indianapolis Energy & Gentle stated its crews responded to an emergency name from the sheriff’s workplace concerning the energy loss after “frozen water on a conduit pulled wires on an IPL pole and triggered the outage.”

Because the crews have been making repairs “the jail’s backup generator initially failed inflicting it to activate and off a number of instances, which interrupted energy on the jail,” utility spokeswoman Brandi Davis-Helpful stated in a press release.

Forestal stated the jail’s generator is checked weekly, however a swap was soiled and wanted cleansing.

The sheriff stated 1,226 inmates have been contained in the jail, which is on the jap fringe of downtown Indianapolis. CoreCivic has a contract to deal with as much as 1,233 inmates — all males.

In contrast to the Marion County Jail, which is in the course of downtown Indianapolis and run by the sheriff’s workplace, the Marion County Jail II doesn’t home ladies or juveniles, a spokeswoman stated.