Fire Damages Washers And Dryers Inside Washington County Jail

WASHINGTON COUNTY - An overnight fire in the laundry room at the Washington County Jail caused significant damage to the washers and dryers.

The jail staff discovered the fire around early Tuesday morning.

According to Chief Deputy Jay Petrash flames were coming from one of the dryers setting off the alarms and the sprinkler system.

Brenham Fire Department personnel arrived within minutes extinguishing the flames.

Fire personnel used high pressured fans to remove heavy smoke from the area, while jail work crews cleaned the charred clothing from the machines and removed water from the room and hallway.

Chief Petrash said that none of the 100 housed inmates or jail personnel had to be evacuated, and no one was injured.

The fire is believed to have started due to a build- up of lent in one of the dryer’s filter, however, the cause is still being investigated by the Brenham Fire Marshall’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office personnel are still assessing the damage and will be awaiting review by insurance as it relates to replacement of equipment and costs.