Escambia Corrections Office Evacuated Over Odor Believed To Be Sewer Gas

August 29, 2018

The Escambia County Corrections Office Building, located at 2251 Palafox St., was evacuated about 11:30 a.m. after a strong smell thought to be sewer gas was reported by staff in the building.

Pensacola Energy was notified and gas to the building was turned off. Escambia County Facilities Management crews were working to determine the cause of the smell. Additionally, in an abundance of caution,  a Hazmat team responded as a precaution.

After running tests, authorities believe an organic material was the cause of the odor, according to the county.

The building remained closed for the remaineder of the day and was set to reopen on Thursday for regular business hours.

No injuries were reported, and more information will released as it becomes available.


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