Guards break up Wash. penitentiary fight

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- A spokeswoman for the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla says guards broke up a fight that started with two inmates in a commons area and escalated until 14 inmates were involved.

Spokeswoman Shari Hall says no inmates or staff members were hurt in the Tuesday evening fight.

The dispute took place inside one of the four close-custody units that make up the West Complex, the prison's second-highest custody level.

Those involved were put in segregation while the staff investigates.

The penitentiary houses more than 2,000 offenders in minimum-custody, close-custody and maximum-custody units.