have over 20 clients in there, he said. had dozens of calls. Every other call is a family member wanting to know what has happened to a loved one. said he hasn been able to get much information about the inmates. Castro said officials were having trouble notifying families because for hours it wasn safe to enter the jail to access computers and paper records. Later, officials promised better updates for families on the county website.
Joseph Steadman, the head of the state fire and arson bureau, described it as a of concrete floors between the basement and upper floors. said it was still too early to say if the weather had anything to do with it.
About 200 men and 400 women were in the building. Barnes said during the evacuation, hundreds of inmates and corrections officers had to use one stairwell, pushing and bleeding. names of the inmates killed weren immediately released.
County spokesman Bill Pearson said they didn receive any 911 calls about gas nor did they have any reports of an odor.
Richard Long, a Colorado based engineer who owns a construction consulting firm, said flooding could cause a gas leak by moving pipes around. The flooding occurred in the jail basement, where the kitchen and laundry were located. No inmates were housed there, officials said.
inmate is accounted for, said Lumon May, chairman of the Escambia County board of commissioners. important to us was the lives and safety of our inmates. the blast, a group of relatives and attorneys for the inmates stood behind police tape that cordoned off the area, trying to figure out where loved ones had been taken. Many family members were upset because they said they were left in the dark.
Eddie Nike Metcon Flyknit Black Williams, whose son was taken to the hospital, said he did eventually hear that his son was taken to the hospital.
In the rubble and chaos, inmates were trapped and had to be rescued. Others were treated for their injuries in the parking lot. In all, 600 inmates rushed out of the jail. The injured were taken by bus to hospitals while the others were sent to nearby jails.
Investigators said it could take days to determine what caused the explosion. They were having a hard time getting to the epicenter in the back of the building because there was so much damage.
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Pearson said 184 people were taken to hospitals and only two inmates and one corrections officer were still there Thursday afternoon. Nike Zoom Flyknit Streak 6
The county took control of the jail and its 400 employees on Oct. 1 after a five year federal investigation. According to the Pensacola News Journal, problems included too few guards overseeing the inmates, which led to violence, poor mental health care and a decades long practice of segregating inmates by race.
It wasn immediately clear if she ever found out what happened to him.
One female inmate went into labor during the explosion and later had a healthy baby, county spokeswoman Kathleen Castro said.
attorney Gene Mitchell was reviewing dozens of text messages from clients relatives.
More than 15 inches of rain fell on Pensacola on Tuesday, the rainiest single day since forecasters started keeping records in 1880. Neighborhoods were flooded and hundreds of people had to be rescued from homes and cars.
son has not been accounted for, how do you think family members are feeling that their kids haven been accounted for? she said.
At one point during a sheriff news conference earlier in the day, Sheila Travis interrupted, demanding to know what happened to her son.
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The jail was running on generator power after the flooding. Barnes, the inmate, said the toilets weren working, so inmates had to use plastic trash bags.
another jail, said she and other inmates complained of smelling gas ahead of the blast, and some reported headaches.
The sheriff told her the county had taken over jail operations from him last year, and directed her questions to them.
explosion shook us so hard it was like we were in an earthquake, Barnes said. was like a movie, a horrible, horrible movie. of glass, brick and inmates flip flops were strewn about on the ground outside the jail. The front of the building appeared bowed, with cracks throughout.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) The jail already had two feet of water in the basement from the record setting rains when an apparent gas explosion leveled the inside of the building, killing two inmates and injuring more than 180 other people, officials said Thursday.
He wouldn describe the extent of their injuries, citing privacy laws.
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