A SC prisons spokesman says seven inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison.
The fight started Sunday night at 7:15 p.m. ET and wasn't contained until 2:55 a.m. ET Monday morning, a prison spokesman added.
The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.
All prison staff and law enforcement were safe and accounted for the, Corrections Department said on Twitter.
Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded.
Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene.
Lee is a maximum-security prison that houses 1,600 inmates, including some of the state's most violent offenders, reports the State.
In 2015, two officers were stabbed in a fight.
In February, one inmate killed another at the prison.
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