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.
Heavy flooding has damaged a number of roads in Florida
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