Issues related to food and sanitary conveniences were reportedly what led to Monday's incident in which detainees started a fire at the Alexandria police lock-up in St. Ann.
Senior Superintendent Dwight Powell, Commanding Officer for the St. Ann Police Division, told Radio Jamaica News the detainees "became irate" about bathroom facilities and the diet they were being served so they "pulled a grill door from its hinges and the used the said grill door to prise open the remaining cells," releasing other inmates along the passage.
SSP Powell said it is still not clear exactly how the detainees were able to start the fire but they used " tissue that they had at their disposal and their personal belongings to include their clothes and slippers."
The police lock-up, he said, was able to "avert what could have been a potentially serious situation" after units from the Brown's Town and St. Ann's Bay fire stations extinguished the blaze.
One of the detainees became ill after inhaling smoke and was taken to hospital.
The ten detainees involved have been transferred to other facilities.