BUTNER, N.C. (WTVD) -- State authorities are investigating the death of a Polk Correctional Institution inmate who set his cell on fire Friday afternoon.
41-year-old Freddie Pickett set fire to his cell Friday at 3:30 p.m., NC Department of Public Safety officials said. The fire was contained to the one cell and was extinguished.
Pickett was taken to a local medical facility where he was pronounced dead. No other inmates or staff were injured.
He had been convicted of second-degree murder in 1997 and was scheduled to be released in February 2026.
DPS, local law enforcement and fire officials are investigating the incident.
Polk Correctional Institution inmate dies after setting cell on fire
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