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UPDATE: 3 inmates missing after jail blast located

By: Associated Press Email
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An official in Florida says three inmates who were missing after an apparent gas explosion at a jail have been located.

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PENSACOLA, Fla. - An official in Florida says three inmates who were missing after an apparent gas explosion at a jail have been located.

Escambia County spokeswoman Kathleen Castro said Thursday the inmates were unaccounted for in the chaos after the explosion. She says they were missing as hundreds of inmates were taken to hospitals and nearby jails, but the three were always under the county's control.

Officials say two inmates were killed and more than 180 inmates and correctional officers were injured in the explosion. County spokesman Bill Pearson says only two inmates and one corrections officer are still at hospitals. Pearson wouldn't describe the extent of their injuries.

The Pensacola area was soaked by record-setting rains this week and parts of the jail were flooded, but officials have not determined if the weather had anything to do with the explosion.


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A county spokeswoman says two people were killed in a gas explosion at the jail in Pensacola, Florida, and more than 100 others were injured.

Kathleen Castro, the county's public information manager, says the explosion happened around 11 p.m. CDT Wednesday in a booking facility at the Escambia County jail. The blast also injured 100 to 150 inmates and corrections officers and caused the building to partially collapse.

She says about 600 inmates were in the building at the time.

Castro said she didn't know if flooding in the area was a factor but says the jail did get extensive flooding during heavy rains that drenched the region Tuesday and Wednesday.


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