HOLDENVILLE, Okla. (AP) — New charges are expected this week against four Hughes County inmates believed to have assaulted a jailer and started a fire.

Marlin Resinger, 36, Danny Lozer, 31, Sonny Collinsworth, 19, and Michael Horton, 25, are accused of attacking a jailer and using a cigarette lighter to set fire to trash in an empty cell in the underground jail on Saturday, Hughes County Sheriff Houston Yeager said.

The fire was contained in the cell but the lack of windows caused the smoke to fill the jail and forced authorities to evacuate its 33 inmates for two hours as firefighters used fans to clear out the smoke.

“Sheriff Peterson from Pontotoc County sent over a transport van that houses 10 to 12 inmates and Seminole County sent a van,” Yeager said. “We systematically evacuated the jail until it was clear of smoke.”

“Basically, we thwarted an escape attempt,” he said.

Yeager said the inmates used a piece of angle iron from a bed frame to hit the jailer, Jake Haren, in the arm and grabbed him through the bars in an attempt to get his keys.

“The jailer did exactly what he should have done,” Yeager said. “When it happened, the first thing he did was throw the keys out of the reach of the inmates and was then able to break loose.”

“There is no fire damage,” Yeager said, “just a lot of smoke.”

“The jailer is going to be fine,” he said. “We took him to the emergency room that night and he was treated and released.”

Resinger and Collinsworth are being held on charges of first-degree murder in Seminole County.

Resinger is awaiting trial in the March 2005 death of a 41-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son in Wolf. Resinger allegedly robbed and murdered the two victims, then set fire to their home.

Collinsworth has pleaded guilty to the August 2004 shooting of Sills Price Jr., a butcher from Konawa. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in that case. Collinsworth allegedly shot Price in the face with a shotgun at close range.

Resinger, Collinsworth and Lozer were moved to Hughes County from Seminole County because its jail was thought to be more secure, officials said.

“Resinger was involved in a similar incident not long after he went to jail in Seminole County,” Yeager said. “The Sheriff called and asked for a more security facility.”

Yeager said Collinsworth has caused similar trouble in Seminole County, as has Lozer.

“Lozer made an escape attempt a while back and tore out a hole in the wall to make his getaway. We moved him over here because that type of repair can take awhile,” Yeager said.

After Saturday’s incident, two inmates were treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and released.

The Hughes County Jail is equipped to house 36 inmates. But there have been problems in the past two years.

In 2005, a man in police custody died by falling down the stairs. He was on his way to take a breathalyzer test. In 2004, inmates stuffed the toilets with towels, causing flooding problems.

On Sunday, everything that could be set on fire was taken from jail inmates, Yeager said. Items eventually will be returned to the inmates.

But in the meantime, “They will have to ask for toilet paper,” Yeager said.