Rikers Mattress Fire Sends Fourteen Staffers to Hospital

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Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/2011 AFP

Thursday was not a smooth night at Rikers Island, where someone set a mattress on fire in a holding area for women, and the smoke it produced sent fourteen staffers to the hospital. All fourteen suffered smoke inhalation, "and authorities said several of the patients were in serious but stable condition," the New York Post reports. No word on the fate of the inmates.