Inmates set fire, break windows at St. Louis jail

ST. LOUIS — Inmates at the St. Louis City Justice Center smashed windows, threw debris and clogged drains in a disturbance that started early Saturday morning.

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About 115 inmates on the fourth floor started the disturbance around 2:30 a.m., the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.

Inmates broke windows, threw chairs and apparently set fire and threw flaming items onto the sidewalk below, the Dispatch reported.

Jacob Long, a spokesperson for Mayor Lyda Krewson, called it a “very dangerous disturbance.”

Deputies were still working to gain custody of inmates at 9 a.m. It is unclear how the inmates gained control of that portion of the jail.