The Hawai`i Police Department responded to a riot at Hawai`i Community Correctional Center on Wainuenue Avenue at about 3:51 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities say that sometime earlier in the day there was an affray leading to rioting at the facility including the setting of fire to a housing unit.
Police say the cause of the brawl at the facility has not been determined and damage estimates are still pending.
State Personnel are evacuating inmates from the facility so that an assessment can take place to determine the extent of the damage to the facility.
Police assisted State Corrections officers in establishing a perimeter around the facility shutting down Wainuenue Avenue and parts of Komohana Street, that still remain closed indefinitely while the state investigates the incident.
There were some reported injures to inmates from the affray, and corrections officers suffered smoke inhalation and respiratory issues from the incident. There are no major injuries being reported at this time.
Responding to the facility in addition to police were two Hawai`i County Fire Department station units, State Sheriffs and the State Corrections Officers.
The fire has been extinguished and the assessment process is being performed on the injured people before a facility check can take place.
Further inquiries can be made to Captain Ben Catriz of the Department of Public Safety, State Corrections Division.
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