The Arizona Department of Corrections says three guards at the Lewis Prison in Buckeye became ill during a cell search Nov. 26. The three were treated at a hospital, then released.
Buckeye police spokeswoman Donna Rossi emergency crews were called to the prison.
“Hazmat crews had no hazardous readings,” Rossi said. “The fire department responded for medical purposes and when nothing was found the scene was turned over to ADOC for further investigation.”
According to Bill Lamoreaux, ADOC spokesman, a guard “became disoriented, light-headed and began to vomit after searching a cell approximately an hour prior to that. Sometime later, two more employees began to experience similar symptoms.
“No inmates have reported any symptoms,” Lamoreaux said. “The cell that was being searched has been temporarily closed and that inmate housed in there has been relocated for now.
“The cause is still being investigated at this time.”
He said the three employees were taken to a hospital for evaluation, then released.