Firefighters, police respond to Lee County Jail after reports of structure fire

An electric fire sparked at Lee County Jail on Wednesday night and no…

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Fire departments responded to a reported structure fire at the Lee County Jail on Ortiz Avenue.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Public Affairs Captain Anita Iriarte described the incident as a “minor electrical fire” at the CORE facility, which is a minimum/maximum facility with 1,216 beds and is the primary housing facility for female inmate population.

Two inmates and one deputy are being medically evaluated, deputies said.

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Inmates are being temporarily relocated.

Units that included Fort Myers, Bayshore and Tice fire departments were dispatched to 2501 Ortiz Avenue at 6:44 p.m.

Onlookers reported smelling smoke and seeing it rise from the jail.

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