Over 100 injured in Florida jail ‘gas blast’

Over 100 injured in Florida jail ‘gas blast’

Over 100 injured in Florida jail ‘gas blast’

Written by Bella Dalima

01 May, 2014 | 3:39 pm

More than 100 people have been injured in an apparent gas explosion in a Florida prison, local officials say.

Part of the prison in Pensacola collapsed after the blast late on Wednesday, forcing an evacuation.

About 600 people – inmates and corrections officials – were believed to be in the building at the time.

Unconfirmed reports say two inmates were killed. The officials are investigating whether a recent flooding could have caused the explosion.

A number of injured people were taken to hospital.

Parts of Florida – including Escambia County – have been recently hit by heavy flooding caused by a storm system in the region.

A number of roads have been badly damaged.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas.

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Heavy flooding has damaged a number of roads in Florida

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