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Two dead, three inmates unaccounted for in jail explosion


Sheriff Morgan says three inmates are unaccounted for. They are not "at area hospitals nor are they on the loose."

More deaths may follow from Escambia County Jail explosion.

Escambia Co will release roster of inmates and it will be posted on myescambia.com. Immediate family members of Escambia Co. jail inmates can call (850) 471-6600 for more information. We will post all info on www.weartv.com as well.

Two inmates are dead and more than 100 people are injured at Escambia County jail where a possible explosion and building collapse happened last night. 

Emergency crews are on the scene at the Escambia County jail after an explosion happened around 11:30pm Wednesday night. An apparent gas explosion occurred at Escambia County Jail's Central Booking area causing a partial building collapse. Roughly 600 prisoners were in the building at the time.

Uninjured inmates are being moved to various other detention facilities in Escambia and Santa Rosa County. Injured inmates are being treated at area hospitals including Sacred Heart, Baptist, West Florida and Gulf Breeze.

Primary and secondary sweeps of the facility have been completed. Search & Rescue will continue to work to ensure the building is clear. 

More than 100 prisoners and corrections officers have been injured.