updated 12/13/2008 11:58:09 AM ET 2008-12-13T16:58:09

An uprising at a private prison in West Texas has ended after two hostages were released, Texas authorities said on Saturday.

Teams of law enforcement officers were able to gain control of the Reeves County Detention Center, returning the facility to prison personnel, said Patricia Dieschler, dispatcher for the State Department of Public Safety.

Dieschler said no law enforcement personnel were injured early Saturday. The center's warden declined to comment.

Inmates, who include immigration detainees, took two hostages after starting a riot and setting at least one fire Friday, authorities said. Inmates were asking for better medical treatment, Texas Trooper John Barton told the Pecos Enterprise.

The two prison employees taken hostage were recreation specialists. A hostage negotiator was called in to take to inmates, Reeves County sheriff's spokesman Michael Estorga said in the online edition of the Odessa American.

Fire crews and additional law enforcement were called to the sprawling prison complex after a fire broke out in one of its buildings.

The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, Fla., has operated the lock up through contracts with Reeves County and the Federal Bureau of Prisons since 2003. The prison holds more than 2,400 inmates.

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