Demolition of Escambia Co. jail begins years after deadly explosion

Northwest Florida

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla (WKRG) – A ceremony in Escambia County Florida commemorated the destruction of the old Escambia County jail and outlined the county’s plans for the future. Nearly five years ago a gas explosion killed two people and injured dozens of others at the jail. Wednesday’s ceremony also so the begining of the demolition, heavy equipment tearing down walls. During the ceremony they discussed the  history of the building, plans for the site, a moment of silence and prayers for the approximately 600 inmates and staff who were in the building when an explosion in the basement laundry room happened during a 2014 flood. The explosion killed two and injured 184.
 

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