Jail hopes to have info to families soon, following explosion

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WALA) – Escambia County Jail officials are hoping to soon have information for the family members of those injured or moved to another location following a deadly gas explosion.

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Public Information Manager Kathleen Castro told FOX10 News there were 600 people inside the jail. Two inmates were killed, and more than 100 people were injured, she said. Castro added the identities of the two inmates killed has not been confirmed.

She said the uninjured prisoners were moved to other jails and detention centers throughout the county.

“What we are trying to do right now is to develop a roster of the locations of all of the prisoners. Some have gone to hospitals and have since been discharged and are back in a facility,” Castro said.

Castro said officials are hoping to have that information within the next few hours. She said it would be posted to their website, www.myescambia.com, and will also have a phone number available.

Officials said they are also hoping to have a location set up soon where corrections officers can go, and where the public can go to find out where their loved one is.

Castro added authorities cannot get into the building.

“It is not safe. The ATF and the state fire marshal are here on scene. They are investigating it as a crime investigation,” she said.

  • Baptist Hospital has received 50 patients. Forty-seven total patients have been treated and released at this time.
  • Gulf Breeze Hospital has received 31 patients. Sixteen total patients have been treated and released at this time.

Prisoners:
All family members of prisoners will be able to gather and receive information at the Piccadilly, 3300 N Pace Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32505. Families are encouraged to wait there so the Escambia County Jail personnel and other participating emergency agencies can effectively relay information. Baptist Hospital and Gulf Breeze Hospital will not release any information about prisoners.

Jail Employees:
If you believe your family may have been transferred to a Baptist Hospital or Gulf Breeze Hospital due to this incident, please contact 850.554.1430 for more information. All family members of jail employees will be able to gather and receive information at the either Baptist Hospital or Gulf Breeze Hospital Emergency Rooms.

While we are currently experiencing an increase in patient numbers in our triage area and emergency department, patient safety and privacy are still our top concerns.

Additional Considerations:
Currently, all services at Baptist Hospital and Gulf Breeze Hospital will remain normal.

Participating Agencies:
Baptist Hospital and Gulf Breeze Hospital are working with the Escambia County Jail to respond to this emergency. Law enforcement officers are escorting prisoners as they receive treatment.

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