Smoke inhalator concerns rise after DEC fire
03
December

By Adem Lewis / in , , /


TO SOME OF THESE FRUSTRATED FAMILIES. CHINH DOAN: FIGHTS, AND THEN A FIRE INSIDE A HOUSING UNIT AT THE DIAGNOSTIC AND EVALUATION CENTER IN LINCOLN ON FRIDAY AND MARIA HEARD THE CHAOS WHAT SHE WAS ON THE FUN — ON THE PHONE WITH HER SON.>>I HEARD A LOT OF COMMOTION. MY SON WAS TELLING ME — MOM, I HAVE TO GET OFF THE PHONE. THE INMATES AND GUARDS ARE FIGHTING. AND HE HUNG UP. CHINH DOAN: MARIA SAYS TWO DAYS LATER, HER SON ISAAC CALLED SAYING SHE — HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO DIE. THE 42-YEAR-OLD TELLS HIS MOM THAT INMATES IN HIS UNIT WERE LOCKED UP FOR THREE HOURS, INHALING SMOKE AND NOT GETTING TREATMENT.>>HE STILL HAS CHEST PAIN. HIS EYES ARE BURNING. CHINH DOAN: SIMILAR CONCERNS ALSO COMING FROM OTHER FAMILIES.>>HE WAS SCARED. CHINH DOAN: JAMIE LOKEN TELLS US ON THE PHONE, HER FATHER, JAMES, WAS LEFT WITH MORE BREATHING PROBLEMS.>>HE SAID THERE WAS SMOKE EVERYWHERE. CHINH DOAN: A CORRECTIONS SPOKESPERSON WOULD NOT COMMENT ON THE ALLEGATIONS BUT SAYS THERE IS MEDICAL STAFF THERE AT ALL TIMES AND ANYONE WITH BREATHING PROBLEMS SHOULD LET F KNOW AND WILL BE REFERRED FOR TREATMENT. IN THE MEANTIME, THE OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE RECOMMENDED THAT INMATES BE MOVED THAT HAVE RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS.


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