Three other employees remained hospitalized, and four inmates were treated for injuries, officials said. Unclear how many inmates set the fire to try to escape.
Officials with the department say fires were set in the prison sewing plant.
The Pasquotank County Sheriff's Department and the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident.
Authorities early Friday identified two employees killed during an attempted inmate escape from a North Carolina prison.
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Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team responded to PCI from other state prison facilities and are assisting the local prison staff, WTKR reported.
The public school district locked doors at three nearby schools after getting word about 3:30 p.m. of the escape attempt.
Asked if there's any indication yet whether Thursday's incident was planned, Walker said, "At this time, we don't know".
"The DPS family is devastated by the tragic events that took place at Pasquotank Correctional Institution", Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks said.
Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools revealed to CBS offshoot WTKR a rudimentary, center and secondary school were on lockdown after an occurrence at a close-by imprison.
The statement further added that students who were heading home in school buses were brought back to their respective institutions, to avoid them being home alone, in case the prison-break had succeeded.