8 inmates charged with arson after Cook County Jail fire

Four officers were hospitalized after Cook County Jail detainees set their jumpsuits on fire on April 15, 2017. (Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Eight maximum security detainees at Cook County Jail face arson charges in connection with a uniform-burning incident.

The sheriff's office said last month that the group set fire to special uniforms worn by inmates accused of sexual misconduct.

The detainees are said to have lit a wick in a microwave to burn the uniforms.

Smoke quickly filled the housing unit prompting an evacuation.

Four correction officers were hospitalized Saturday night after the incident. All injuries were non-life-threatening and the officers were released.

Videos of the incident were released.
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