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Firefighters respond to smoke at federal prison


A problem with an air conditioning unit caused smoke damage at the Bennettsville Federal Prison, according to the Bennettsville City Fire Department.


Officials say a call came into the Marlboro County 911 Communications Center of smoke coming from the prison's recreational building on Muckerman Road just after 7:00 Wednesday night.


Firefighters say an employee was doing random checks when he noticed the smoke.


It appears a belt burned off the air conditioning unit, causing a lot of smoke.


The situation was under control within 15 minutes, according to firefighters.

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