Fort Dodge correctional officer assaulted while responding to cell fire

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FORT DODGE, Iowa -- An Iowa correctional officer is recovering after being assaulted by an inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility Sunday night.

Authorities said that the incident began around 10:15 p.m. when inmates started a fire in a cell. Officials said an inmate began punching and kicking an officer who opened the cell door.

The inmate then tried to assault a second officer and authorities used pepper spray to subdue the prisoner.

The flames were put out with a fire extinguisher. Authorities said the fire did not cause any damage or injuries.

The officer who was assaulted was treated by the on-site medical staff.

Officials said, "the inmate appeared to have not suffered any injuries," and the incident remains under investigation.