Fire, police and ambulance crews have rushed to Risdon Prison on Hobart’s eastern shore after fires were lit in two cells.

Tasmania Police said in a statement on Wednesday night that the prison was contained during an “unfolding incident” and police remained on the scene patrolling the perimeter as a precaution.

Emergency crews were sent to the prison around 7.30pm.

Acting Director of Prisons David Jackson said in a statement that fires had been lit in two cells but were quickly put out by prison staff.

“There was no risk to the community. No one was injured as a result of the incident,” he said.

A number of prisoners were relocated within the jail following the incident.

“An internal investigation has begun and the perpetrators will face disciplinary action,” Mr Jackson said.

Police rush to incident at Hobart prison
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