Smoking air conditioner shifts Aiken detention center inmates

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A smoking air-conditioning unit displaced 60 Aiken County inmates this morning.

Aiken Department of Public Safety Fire Department responded to the fire at the Aiken County Detention Center around 10 a.m., said Aiken County Sheriff’s Lt. Troy Elwell.

While firefighters extinguished the fire, the inmates were moved to the recreation yard for about 45 minutes, Lt. Elwell said. There were no injuries, and only the air conditioner was damaged.

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