A smoke scare caused the brief lockdown inside the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island today [October 10th].
Light smoke and associated odor was reported at around 12:20 pm near the recreational yard hallway near a Detention Sergeant’s desk.
The Key West Fire Department, Monroe County Fire Rescue and Monroe County officials as well as additional Sheriff’s Office staff all responded.
The source of the smoke and odor remains under investigation, but fire officials determined there was no immediate threat to inmates, jail workers or Sheriff’s Office staff. No injuries were reported and no evacuation was ordered.
Sheriff Rick Ramsay ordered all deputies and detectives in the Lower Keys to report to the jail as a precaution, but they were ultimately not needed on-scene.
Sheriff Ramsay also ordered a lockdown inside the jail as a precaution.
That lockdown has since been lifted.
The Sheriff’s Office is working with the county — the county owns and maintains the jail building — as part of the ongoing investigation.