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Emma Pritchard A fire which started after a mattress was set alight within a cell at the Clarence Correctional Centre on February 8 prompted the facility to go into lockdown. Coffs/Clarence Police District Chief Inspector Joanne Reid confirmed Emergency Services responded to the incident which occurred around 8:30am and the fire was quickly extinguished, causing minor damage. The lockdown, which was enforced for the duration of the incident, was a standard gaol procedure in response to the situation. Chief Inspector Reid said no one was injured during the fire and investigations are continuing. The Clarence Correctional Centre opened in 2020 and currently accommodates more than 1000 inmates.