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Ten prison guards and four inmates were taken to a hospital Tuesday after a fight broke out among inmates in a maximum-security prison, a state spokeswoman said.

Inmates were returned to their cells at the Southport Correctional Facility, and the state's newest maximum-security prison was locked down following the 1 p.m. disturbance, said Amy Colodny of the state Department of Correctional Services in Albany.

As many as 250 inmates were in the recreation yard when a fight erupted, she said. Guards tried to separate the fighters but failed; and a perimeter guard then fired a shot into the air, and a tower guard fired three warning shots, she said. The fight broke up and inmates returned to their cells.

Four inmates, including two with punctured lungs, were taken to Arnot-Ogden Hospital in Elmira. The injuries were not life threatening, Ms. Colodny said.

Ten guards were released after treatment for cuts and bruises; the most severe injury to a guard was a broken nose, Ms. Colodny said.

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