Montreal

Charges considered after Quebec jail riot

Two inmates at a Quebec City-area prison may be charged in connection with a small riot that broke out Sunday afternoon, police say.

Two inmates at a Quebec City-area prison may be charged in connection with a small riot that broke out Sunday afternoon, police say.

About 100 prisoners had to be evacuated from a section of the Orsainville jailafter inmates smashed windows and set fires, saysprovincial police spokesperson Ann Mathieu.

It all started when two inmates began antagonizingguards byscreaming at them and hurling insults fromjust a few metres outside the glassed-in guard post, Mathieu told CBC News Monday.

"The situation just degenerated,"she said.

Charges of mischief and arson are pending against two inmates, she says. Other prisoners may also be charged once the investigation is completed.

One inmate was injured during the incident, and the centre suffered smoke and water damage, she says.

Detention centre officials declined to comment.

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