PECOS, Texas - Inmates at a privately run prison in West Texas took two employees hostage yesterday after starting a riot and setting at least one fire, authorities said.

The hostages are recreation specialists who were taken captive at the Reeves County Detention Center. A negotiator was talking with the inmates, county sheriff's spokesman Michael Estorga said for the online edition of the Odessa American.

It was unclear what prompted the riot, if anyone inside the prison had been injured or how many inmates were involved. *