Pensacola, FL, United States (4E) – An explosion inside the Escambia County Jail Wednesday night killed at least three people and injured 150 others, police said on Thursday.
Three people are also missing after the explosion blew out the front of the prison while other prisoners were transferred to other area jails and hospitals.
Engineers are assessing the stability of the prison building while investigators are checking if the flooding of the prison’s first floor led to the 11 p.m. explosion, county spokeswoman Kathleen Dough-Castro said. engineers. No one is allowed to go inside the building until engineers say so.
A retention wall in the facility collapsed due to flood damage she said, too. County officials say they are still investigating if and how the flooding contributed to the explosion.
There could be inmates who escaped or were buried in the rubble of the Escambia County Jail,