BUNKER HILL — Five guards at the Miami Correctional Facility went back to work Friday after suffering smoke inhalation from a small fire in the cell of an irate inmate, according to police.

Walter Martin, superintendent of the prison, said Jesse Rosbia, 29, an inmate in the segregation unit, set his bed clothes on fire at about 9 a.m. Wednesday to gain attention.

“He was upset because he said he was not getting enough attention,” Martin said Saturday of the incident.

The inmate jammed the clothes in between the doorway and wall and set them on fire.

Staff members responded when the inmate said he had a fire in his cell.

Initially, guards couldn’t get the door open due the burning clothes blocking the door, but they were able to open it enough to get an extinguisher hose into the cell and put out the fire.

The inmate suffered minor smoke inhalation and was treated at the facility.

Five staff members were also overcome by smoke. Three were taken to Dukes Memorial Hospital and two were taken to Med One, Martin said.

All of the guards were back to work Friday.

Rosbia is serving a 26-year sentence at the state prison resulting from a Marion County attempted aggravated battery conviction and two robbery convictions, according to the Indiana Department of Corrections. Prior to the fire, his projected release date was December 2013.

His time could be extended as the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office are expected to file an arson charge stemming from the fire, Martin added.

Mike Fletcher may be reached at (765) 454-8565 or via e-mail at mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com

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