Reports of an explosion at a detention center in Escambia County, Florida have left at least 100 injured and 2 dead, according to recent reports. The explosion is said to have been caused by gas. The explosion occurred between 11:30pm and midnight. The Escambia County Fire Chief has confirmed that two inmates have been killed, but all others have been accounted for.
An “apparent gas explosion” killed two people Wednesday night at the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Facility in the 1100 block of West Leonard Street.
The explosion shook houses for several blocks between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. The area has been quarantined by Sheriff’s Office personnel.
Escambia County Fire Chief Steve Booth confirmed to the Pensacola News Journal early this morning that two inmates were dead.
All other inmates and facility have been accounted for.
“There was an apparent gas explosion in the central booking area of the Escambia County jail,” Escambia County Public Information Officer Kathleen Dough-Castro said during a news briefing. “We had approximately 600 prisoners in the facility at the time. Injured prisoners are being transported under guard to area hospitals. Uninjured prisoners are being transported to other detention facilities in Escambia County as well as Santa Rosa County.”
Dough-Castro said there was a partial building collapse, a roof collapse and that it is believed that the walls are unstable in the facility.
Inmates were moved via ECAT and school buses.
More than a dozen ambulances have carried multiple victims to area hospitals after they were removed from the facility on stretchers. About 100 people were injured in the blast that caused a part of the collapse.
Sacred Heart Hospital spokesman Mike Burke said this morning that 31 people were brought to the hospital by ambulances. Burke said all suffered non-life threatening injuries. He said law enforcement officers are at the hospital providing security as the inmates are being treated.
Baptist Hospital facilities in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze are treating victims from tonight’s gas explosion at the county jail, a spokeswoman said this morning. She would not provide an exact number of patients.
Meanwhile, West Florida Hospital spokesman Kendrick Doidge said 37 patients were being treated at the facility this morning for “minor injuries.”