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Inmate riot damages Fairbanks correctional facility

Alaska law enforcement personnel are investigating an inmate riot in Fairbanks that left minor damage to a correctional facility Thursday.

According to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, officers were notified of a riot at the Fairbanks Correctional Center just before noon. They were told an area of the facility was occupied by about 15 inmates.

Both troopers and Fairbanks Police Department officers responded to secure the perimeter of the facility. Troopers wrote that they made numerous requests to the inmates to surrender, and the inmates responded by "breaking windows in the facility as well as pouring soap and water on the floors."

Troopers' Special Emergency Reaction Team helped state Department of Corrections staff deploy chemical irritants to the inmates, and they surrendered shortly thereafter.

DOC spokesperson Megan Edge said in a phone interview there were no injuries to staff or inmates during the incident.

She said troopers were investigating the incident Friday and would forward numerous charges for felony assault and riot to the district attorney's office for review.

Edge said the cause of the riot was not known as of Friday.

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