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Surveillance video shows Escambia Co Jail explosion


Two inmates are dead, and three other people remain hospitalized after an explosion at the Escambia County Jail last night.

The three people in the hospital include two inmates, and a corrections officer. Their names and conditions have not been released.

The two men killed in the explosion have been identified as 45-year-old David Paul Weinstein and 54 year old and Robert Earl Simmons. Their bodies were removed late Thursday afternoon after the medical examiner and other investigators processed the scene.

Channel 3's Kalie Desimone joins us live this morning from the jail with more.

We now have surveillance video taken from a bail bonds  company, across the street from jail's central booking building on Leonard Street in Pensacola. It captured the intensity of the blast that occured a little after 11 Wednesday night. In this video taken Thursday morning you can see damage. Windows blown out leaving just the blinds hanging out, walls gone and large hole where the back of the building used to stand. There have been many reports of both inmates and corrections oficers complianing about a gas smell at least a day before the blast. This man says his fiance was working in the kitchen at the time of the blast. The kitchen isn't very far from where the explosion is thought to have orginiated from.

"She says she was sick and that everyone was acting goofy," said Brian Clark.

Clark says though the damage is shocking to look at, the idea that something like this could happen at the jail isn't. He says flooding a few years back made for horriffic conditions for the immate and coorectioanl officers alike.

"They just got the kitchen back and downstairs back and this happened again," Clark said.

Clark says he was less than impressed with how information was given out to family members.

"My loved one is in there, no one deserves that . Coorectional officers dont deserve that. It's horrible," Clark said.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the state fire marshal and local authorities are now working together to determine the cause

People needing information about the jail should call the Citizens Help Line 471-6600 .