At least 1 dead, others critically injured in major Baltimore explosion

A Baltimore, Maryland, explosion has destroyed three buildings. Photo: Baltimore Fire Department

BALTIMORE, Maryland, Aug. 10, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — First responders are on the scene of an explosion that leveled buildings on three lots in a Baltimore, Maryland neighborhood, Monday morning.

One woman has been confirmed dead, according to officials, and emergency workers are combing through the rubble in hopes of locating other survivors.

A local firefighters union said on Twitter that several people, including children, are believed to be trapped.

The explosion was reported at 9:54 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, according to reporters broadcasting from the scene.

Baltimore Gas and Electric was at the scene, working to with firefighters, seeking an opportunity to shut off the gas, BGE spokeswoman Linda Foy told reporters. As of 11:54 a.m. EST (9:54 MST), the gas remained on.

Three people have been rescued from the rubble, a member of Baltimore Firefighters IAFF Local 734 confirmed by phone to CNN. Those survivors were in critical condition, the group’s Twitter account says, adding that at least one other person is confirmed trapped.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a brief statement on Twitter:

“We are closely monitoring the situation in northwest Baltimore following this morning’s horrific explosion. We have reached out to offer our full support to the ongoing response and recovery efforts, and are deeply grateful to the first responders on the scene.”
At least one person was killed in Monday’s explosion, authorities said. A cause is not yet known. Photo: Baltimore County Fire Department

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