Cell fires lit at Hobart prison

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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.