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Missing inmates found after Florida jail blast

  • More than 100 inmates hurt, 2 killed in explosion
  • Hundreds of inmates were transferred to other jails
  • Officials investigating what led to explosion
An apparent gas explosion caused part of a county jail in Florida to collapse, killing two inmates and injuring about 100 others, late Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

All inmates have been accounted for after late Wednesday's apparent gas explosion at a Pensacola, Florida, jail.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said a "be on the lookout" message was issued Thursday after officials thought three inmates were missing after the blast at the Escambia County Jail. He said authorities conducted a recount and learned all were accounted for.

Two inmates were killed, and between 100 and 150 other inmates and guards at the Escambia County Jail were hurt in the blast, according to county spokeswoman Kathleen Castro.

About 600 other inmates who weren't injured were transferred to other jails.

Rescuers did two sweeps of the building by early Thursday.

The roof and part of a wall appeared to collapse, according to Castro, who said the building had been "heavily damaged" by flooding. She said, however, that the building was still inhabitable before the explosion and that it was too early to make a connection between the blast and the flooding, which was caused by more than a foot of rain that fell over the last week.

Relatives are still awaiting details on the condition of their loved ones.

"We don't know if they're dead or alive. It's really frustrating," Eva Stewart told CNN affiliate WALA. "I can't sleep not knowing if my child's OK. I got other family members in there, too. I don't know if they're OK."

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