Fire Causes Minor Damage At Century Correctional Institution

May 18, 2010


Fire caused minor damage Monday night at Century Correctional Institution.

The first firefighters on scene just after 9 p.m. reported a “working fire” on a pavilion. The pavilion is a covered picnic area in the middle of the dormitory building complex. The fire was quickly extinguished. No other buildings were threatened, and there were no injuries reported.

The fire was believed to have started with a light on the pavilion.

The Century, McDavid, Walnut Hill and Molino stations of Escambia Fire Rescue and the Flomaton Fire Department responded to the call, along with Escambia County EMS.

Pictured: These cell phone photos show fire units, including Century’s ladder truck (below), on scene Monday night at Century Correctional Institution. Submitted photos for, click to enlarge.



12 Responses to “Fire Causes Minor Damage At Century Correctional Institution”

  1. correctional officer on May 22nd, 2010 12:26 pm

    for all your info the fire was started by a birdnest built by a light it wasnt a conspiracy or no inmate that caused the fire the prison is probably safer than some of your on homes!

  2. unbeweavable on May 22nd, 2010 9:40 am

    They did lose a few at the Jay Road Prison, didn’t they? 37 unfortunate souls up in smoke in a fire that was intentionally lit by the inmates- at what is now lovingly refered to as Berrydale Forestry Camp. But that was forty-three years ago. Things have changed considerably in DOC since then as far as fire safety and prevention. Interestingly, it seems that not all of those “unfortunate souls” have found there way out of Berrydale. It’s a very interesting place.

  3. Entertained Reader on May 21st, 2010 7:20 pm

    Regarding Wendy
    “Heaven’s sakes, with all those people trapped inside, it would have been horrible if this had gotten out of control. I’m just glad that everyone’s ok.”

    People trapped inside? Just because inmates are inside their dorm doesn’t mean they are trapped. There are multiple exits on each wing of a dorm with electronic locks, and in the event of malfunction, keys to unlock doors. Routine fire evacuation drills, posted fire evacuation routes, and fire extinguishers in each dorm. As soon as the fire was spotted it was put out quickly. A great job performed by all on shift in my opinion.

  4. Rhonda on May 19th, 2010 7:07 pm

    Ignorrance is bliss,,,,,, It was an electrical fire….. shut up and go back to your ignorant life…. things happen…. it was no conspiacy…..

  5. Auburn Girl on May 19th, 2010 5:49 pm

    A. Davis….. the article states that the fire started with a light on the pavilion. At 9:00am the compound is locked down (all inmates are in their assigned dormitory) along with the Officers who are supervising the inmates.

  6. justafriend on May 18th, 2010 11:06 pm

    LARRY !!!! help put the fire out

  7. A. Davis on May 18th, 2010 7:35 pm

    its been a few years since i been on the compound last i remember the pavililons was close to dorms why did no officers see it before it got big and why couldnt they use their fire extinguishers the fire had to be large and also if the fire started around 9pm who started it wasnt the inmates inside

  8. David Huie Green on May 18th, 2010 12:17 pm

    “…it would have been horrible if this had gotten out of control. …”

    as it did over in Berrydale a few years back. I lost a fairly good neighbor just days before he was scheduled to get out because inmates started a fire and guards kept them inside.

    It’s almost enough to make you want to stay out of prison.

    David for freedom to flee

  9. Wendy on May 18th, 2010 9:40 am

    Heaven’s sakes, with all those people trapped inside, it would have been horrible if this had gotten out of control. I’m just glad that everyone’s ok.

  10. Amber on May 18th, 2010 8:35 am

    The institution is inspected often. Things like this just happen. I am glad everyone is ok.

  11. Oversight on May 18th, 2010 4:58 am

    Looks like this is a prime opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t in the emergency plan in how the prison interacts with the local fire department… And “Angi” has good point, just when was the last comprehensive safety inspection done?

  12. Angi on May 17th, 2010 9:20 pm

    Sounds like some of their stuff needs to be inspected…

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