State Corrections officials say they have locked down Tecumseh state prison after approximately 40 inmates refused to return to their cells.
The Department of Correctional Services reports all staff are safe and accounted for and says there is no risk to the public.
No injuries have been reported.
The department says the incident is contained in one half of the housing unit as well as a small fenced yard outside that unit. Smoke has been reported. The department says a fire is burning on a concrete slab with no visible fire inside the housing unit.
Emergency response teams have been sent to the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, including help from the Nebraska State Patrol, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Johnson County Fire and Rescue Squad.
Tecumseh was the scene of a prison riot May 10th of 2015 when a peaceful protest by a few inmates turned violent. Other inmates who were not part of the protest took advantage of confusion in the yard and assaulted guards.
Two inmates were killed during the riot. Other inmates and guards suffered injury. Considerable damage was done to a housing unit during the 2015 riot.