2 inmates dead, 184 injured in explosion at Escambia County jail

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Two inmates are dead and 184 inmates and guards were injured after an apparent gas explosion at the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Facility, according to Kathleen Dough-Castro with the county.

The explosion was reported around 11:00PM central time, Wednesday night.

All inmates have been accounted for and are currently being housed at other nearby facilities.

Officials said they plan to post where inmates have been transferred to on this website: http://myescambia.com   People can also call (850) 471-6600.

Of the 184 inmates and staff members taken to the hospital, two inmates and one staff member are still being treated.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office identified the two victims as David Paul Weinstein, 45, and Robert Simmons, 54. 

One woman told ABC Action News she lives about two miles from the jail and the powerful explosion shook her house.

About 600 inmates were in the facility at the time of the blast.  Those who weren't hurt were taken by heavily guarded buses to nearby facilities within the county as well as nearby Santa Rosa County, according to Dough-Castro.

Authorities say they are still investigating the exact cause of the explosion.  The significant flooding in the area has not been attributed to the explosion.  

Escambia County is located in the western part of the state.

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