Authorities Thursday morning are investigating if the weather caused an explosion at a county jail in Pensacola, Florida.
NBCRightNow.com - Authorities Thursday morning are investigating if the weather caused an explosion at a county jail in Pensacola, Florida.
There’s a lot of confusion as to what led to the blast, which happened around 11:00 Wednesday night at the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola.
At least two inmates are dead and more than 100 other people were injured when the apparent gas explosion collapsed part of the jail. Many of those injured are corrections officers, and they have been taken to local hospitals. As far as the inmates who were injured, corrections officers escorted them to the hospital.
About 600 prisoners were in the building at the time.Uninjured inmates were moved to other detention facilities in the area.
"Search and rescue teams have done 3 searches of the building and we are confident at this point that we have everyone out of the building," said Escambia County Spokeswoman, Kathleen Castro.
Most of the injuries are only minor ones. This was a partial building collapse and is completely uninhabitable this morning. None of prisoners inside the jail escaped.
Flooding caused by more than a foot of rain that fell this week also heavily damaged the jail, but it was too early to say if the explosion was related to that damage.