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Four inmates hospitalized after fight at Norco prison

October 10, 2010 | 11:15 pm

Four inmates were hospitalized Sunday with serious injuries after fighting broke out in a Southern California prison dormitory, authorities said.

 About 10 to 15 men were involved in the morning brawl at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, said Luis Patino, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Correctional officers quickly broke up the fight, he said. 

The most seriously injured inmates were transferred to nearby hospitals, some of them with puncture and stab wounds, he said. Others were treated at the prison for small cuts and bruising at the prison.

 It was not immediately clear what caused the fight. Those involved were transferred to the California Institution for Men in Chino, Patino said.

 The California Rehabilitation Center remained under lockdown late Sunday pending an investigation into the incident.

 -- Alexandra Zavis

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