Jail Explosion Victims Identified

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two victims who lost their lives in the explosion at the Escambia County Jail late Wednesday night as:

45 year old David Paul Weinstein
54 year old Robert Earl Simmons

A total of 184 people, including inmates and corrections staff, were injured and transported to area hospitals following the explosions.

Two inmates and one Corrections Officer remain in medical care as of Thursday evening.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating the cause of the fatal explosion.

Weinstein was jail awaiting trial for dealing in stolen goods. Simmons was there awaiting trial on animal cruelty.