Prisoner hospitalised after deliberate cell fire at HMP Lincoln

An inmate at Lincoln Prison has been taken to hospital after setting fire to his mattress in an act of self-harm in the early hours of Tuesday, May 12.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue crews from Lincoln North and South attended the fire at around 8am with an aerial ladder platform.

A spokesperson from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said the fire was small and caused damage to clothing and the mattress in the cell. The fire was out on arrival.

A paramedic and crew from the East Midlands Ambulance service attended after receiving a call at 8.04am.

EMAS confirmed that one patient was taken to Lincoln County Hospital for treatment.

The extent of the injuries as a result of the fire are not yet known.

Governor of Lincoln Prison, Peter Wright, said: “The prisoner had been moved from A wing to C wing in the prison at just before 8am this morning after concerns had been raised about a relationship with another prisoner on A wing.

“Immediately after this, he locked himself in the cell and set fire to his mattress. This was no accident, but an act of self-harm.”