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Inmates missing after Florida jail blast found

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Posted: May 1, 2014 3:53 AM by Hunter Robinson, Brock Sues
Updated: May 1, 2014 12:53 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: explosion, gas, jail, Pensacola, injured, inmates, officers

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - 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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