An explosion that killed two inmates and paralyzed a corrections officer at a Pensacola, Fla., jail was caused by a natural gas release inside the facility, investigators said Friday.
At least 184 people suffered injuries among the more than 600 inmates and officers that were inside Escambia County Jail on April 30, county officials said. Inmates said after the blast they had warned officers about the smell of gas, but authorities have said there were no such reports made.
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"The on-scene phase of our investigation may be complete, but there is still much to be learned," State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater said in a statement Friday. "Our investigators will continue to work day and night with the ATF and the state attorney's office to uncover all of the answers victims and their families deserve to know."
Atwater did not say when the investigation would be complete.
The two inmates killed were David Paul Weinstein, 45, who was being held on theft and fraud allegations, and