Reported 'ongoing incident' at the Lee Correctional Institution

Entrance to Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville South Carolina                        WLTX-TV

Entrance to Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville South Carolina WLTX-TV

Hours of fighting among inmates inside a maximum security facility in SC has led to the deaths of seven prisoners and injuries of 17 others, state corrections officials said early Monday.

Lee Correctional Institution was secured at around 2:55 a.m. after incident involving inmates in three housing units, the South Carolina Department of Corrections wrote on Twitter.

Officials with the department of corrections say the fighting began at 7:15 p.m.

State police have been called to one of South Carolina's most unsafe prisons.

Seven inmates were killed and 17 others were injured in a large riot that broke out Sunday night at a maximum-security prison in SC, the authorities said.

According to the agency, all staff and responding law enforcement officers were "safe and accounted for".

The Lee County Fire Department tweeted out photos of multiple crews at Lee Correctional.

The prison in Bishopville, S.C., about 60 miles northeast of Columbia, houses about 1,600 male inmates.

Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight. One inmate killed another during a fight in February.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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