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Florida jail explosion kills 2, injures dozens

More Than 100 Injured, Two Killed After Fla. Jail Collapse

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A gas explosion at the jail in Pensacola, Florida, killed two people and injured more than 100 others, according to an Escambia County spokeswoman.

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

She said 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 said the jail did get extensive flooding during heavy rains that drenched the region Tuesday and Wednesday.

The injured were brought to hospitals and the uninjured inmates were brought to jails in neighboring counties, Castro said.

Victims were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital, West Florida Hospital and two Baptist Health Care hospitals in Pensacola and nearby Gulf Breeze.

Vicki Brooks, a spokeswoman for Sacred Heart, said they treated 31 patients with mostly neck and back injuries. Kendrick Doidge said West Florida Hospital treated 37 inmates in the emergency room and all have been released back into the custody of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

Of the 50 patients taken to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, 12 had been treated and released by Thursday morning, said spokeswoman Liz Branch. At Gulf Breeze Hospital, 13 of the 31 patients from the explosion were treated and released.

The names of the two people killed in the explosion weren't immediately released.

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boatjob1 May 02 2014 at 6:52 AM

Why not just be a responsible citizen and avoid ever going there?

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amdream007 May 01 2014 at 1:13 PM

Where is the compassion? I have a nephew there and we are not being told anything!!!!

People make mistakes and are doing their time....no need to pile on about them be not worthy of humane incarnation..

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Nancy amdream007 May 01 2014 at 2:11 PM

What are they being incarnated into? The word you want is "incarceration."

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Ronsses amdream007 May 01 2014 at 3:41 PM

Hope your nephew is safe. People can be cruel and so insensitive.

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boatjob1 Ronsses May 02 2014 at 6:56 AM

Really??????????? Let's ask the victims of some of these situations. Talking about cruel and insensitive.............

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Jim May 01 2014 at 1:17 PM

Electric Chair No. Electric Bench Yes. The child rapists and molesters and murders can all hold hands and sing cumbyya when the switch is thrown.

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coopdabomb May 01 2014 at 11:19 AM

Puts 3 hots and a cot in a new perspective..

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Mark Kent coopdabomb May 01 2014 at 5:10 PM

Your mommy called you. She stepped on a Lego block in your bedroom and you're about to get some time out.

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almmj May 01 2014 at 1:57 PM

what type of facility was this? Maximum security? what type of criminals were houses here? blue collar workers? white collar? embezzlers? rapists? what???? HP what is wrong with you? Hire REAL reporters or pay real independant reporters for the stories they cover...whoever you are hiring, do not know how to report news and the style of writing is similiar to the natl enquirer...

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leslie May 01 2014 at 12:52 PM

Should have put Beano in their food!

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MARY May 01 2014 at 3:04 PM

reading some crude remarks on this posting, I feel that none of you have ever had the experience of having or being in the system. NOT ALL prisoners are violent. So don't judge unless you have walked in their shoes. Familes have been hurt, families of the inmates and families of possibly whom they may have hurt. Don't be asses. There are enough of them to fill the shoes.

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JOYCE May 01 2014 at 9:19 AM

I live out of state. A family member of mine was in that jail. How do I find out how he is doing? Is there a number I can call? Is he one of the two that were killed? Is he still in the hospital being treated? or If they moved him where is he at now? What is the name and address of the other jail is he in now? Are they going to put a list out on the dead and injured? How do I get this list!!! I tryed calling a few numbers, No answer!! Who do I talk to!!!

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mickylitz2 May 01 2014 at 9:18 AM

What's up with this stupid format ?

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relyance May 01 2014 at 3:42 PM

Did you read the article, people??????? It was a JAIL not a PRISON......2 different things. Some may have been in there for DWI or suspended license, urinating In public, vagrant, etc, not molesters, murderers, etc. Sad how stupid you can be.

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porkerfree relyance May 02 2014 at 7:33 AM

I agree.

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