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New staff hired for Escambia County Jail following May explosion

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The facility was damaged by a gas explosion in May. The facility was damaged by a gas explosion in May.
Two inmates were killed and over 100 others injured in the explosion. Two inmates were killed and over 100 others injured in the explosion.
PENSACOLA, FL (WFLA) - Escambia County officials have hired a new doctor, several nurses and two mental health agencies to treat prisoners in the wake of a deadly gas explosion at the jail.

County Administrator Jack Brown says the county is investigating allegations that prisoners experienced excessive waits for medical attention or were given over-the-counter painkillers instead of appropriate treatment.

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The Pensacola News-Journal reports several inmates and their family members said prisoners sometimes waited hours for treatment and were allegedly given an aspirin and sent back to their cell.

Under the current contract, nearly three dozen additional medical staff can be brought in and stay as long as needed.

Two inmates died and a corrections officer was paralyzed in the April blast. Nearly 200 other people were injured.

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