Rikers Mattress Fire Sends Fourteen Staffers to Hospital

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A sign of Rikers Island, where IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be held, is pictured in Queens, New York on May 16, 2011. A New York judge denied IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn bail on Monday, despite an offer from his defense team to put up $1 million in cash and surrender all his travel documents. The judge ordered the IMF chief detained, two days after he was pulled off a plane and accused of trying to rape a Manhattan hotel chambermaid. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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.