The inmates could be dead inside the jail or they might have escaped in the chaos following the blast, Morgan said.
Deputies haven't been able to get far enough inside the structurally-unsound building to look for the inmates in the wake of what may have been a natural gas explosion late Wednesday night, he said.
"It's pretty much complete destruction inside this facility. It was a huge explosion," he said.
Morgan said they hope to begin exploring the jail soon and provide an update Thursday evening.
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