WHAT WE KNOW: Escambia Jail Explosion

WHAT WE KNOW: Escambia Jail Explosion

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3:15PM UPDATE:
The situation at the Escambia County continues to develop with new details coming in every hour. Here's what we know:

  • The explosion occurred in the rear section of the Escambia County Jail around 11:00pm Wednesday night.
  • This particular jail facility holds "non-violent" inmates.
  • A county spokesperson says findings show the explosion was likely caused by natural gas.
  • Two inmates were killed from the explosion.
  • All inmates are now accounted for. Three previously unaccounted inmates were never on the loose.
  • 184 people are being treated for their injuries at five nearby hospitals.
  • Two inmates remain in hospital. 
  • One corrections off icier remains in the hospital.
  • Only one person of the 184 being treated for injuries is female, who happens to be pregnant.
  • Other inmates have been transferred to the Escambia County main jail facility, the Escambia County road camp, the Santa Rosa County Jail or Okaloosa County Jail. 
  • The three missing inmates should not be considered dangerous because they come from the "non-violent" facility.
  • An inmate says she and other inmates had complained of smelling gas ahead of the explosion. Authorities say they didn't receive a single complaint at 911 offices.
  • Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said the jail was almost completely destroyed.
  • The building's basement was flooded with 26 inches of water following this week's torrential rainfall. However, investigators say they have not determined whether the flooding played a roll in the explosion. 
  • Authorities: the investigation will be "methodical and comprehensive" and will use "an unbelievable amount of witnesses and forensic evidence."
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