Reports coming in from Baltimore indicate one person has been dead in an unexpected Gad explosion leaving many others injured and properties destroyed.
The Associated Press described the incident as a “major gas explosion.” Horrifying reports from the Baltimore Fire Department suggests that at least 1 person or more has been trapped in the wreckage from the explosion, which is believed to have destroyed at least three homes in the area.
On scene of a major gas explosion at Labyrinth and Reisterstown Rd. involving 3 homes. 2 occupants transported in serious condition, 1 adult woman deceased as BCFD continue to search for more. pic.twitter.com/4Hzrjkaled
— Baltimore Fire (@BaltimoreFire) August 10, 2020
BREAKING: At least one person is dead in what’s believed to have been a gas explosion that destroyed three houses in the 4200 block of Labrynth Road in NW Baltimore, Councilman Yitzy Schleifer says. pic.twitter.com/bI721NoHys
— Colin Campbell ☀️ (@cmcampbell6) August 10, 2020
A regional report from the Baltimore Sun adds additional context. The explosion, per their report, occurred in the Reisterstown Station neighborhood in Northern Baltimore. One woman was killed, with the number of people said to be seriously injured at two, at least according to the latest info being shared by Baltimore Fire. Police, meanwhile, were warning people to avoid the area shortly after the 10 a.m. explosion due to a possible gas leak still being active.
“It knocked me across the bed,” 77-year-old Moses Glover, who lives nearby, told the Sun of his experience on Monday. Glover added that he came downstairs in his home to find that “all of the front of the houses” across the street from him were now “on the ground.” Additionally, glass from a picture window in his house was now “in the chair.”
This is some of the damage to the homes across the street from the blast in NW Baltimore pic.twitter.com/7WgoiRoZAb
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) August 10, 2020
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan shared a statement shortly after news of the explosion started making the rounds.
“We are closely monitoring the situation in northwest Baltimore following this morning’s horrific explosion,” Hogan said. “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.”
A press conference held by Baltimore Fire officials is set for Monday afternoon.