Monday, August 10, 2020

Gas explosion levels 3 Baltimore homes; 1 dead, 1 trapped

 At least three dozen firefighters converged on the disaster scene, where the natural gas explosion reduced to the homes to piles of rubble and pieces of debris. A fourth house in the row was partly destroyed, and the neighborhood was strewn with glass from shattered windows.

Two of the homes' occupants were taken to hospitals in serious condition, while an adult woman was pronounced dead at the scene, the fire department tweeted. The firefighters’ union tweeted that special rescue operation units were searching for other people.
Kevin Matthews, who lives on the block, The Baltimore Sun that he could hear trapped children shouting: “Come get us! We’re stuck!” shortly after the explosion. He said firefighters were arriving by then and he got out of their way while they searched for the survivors.
The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. received an “initial call” from the fire department at 9:54 a.m. on Monday and was working to turn off the gas to buildings in the immediate area, its spokeswoman Linda Foy said.

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