A “major” gas explosion ripped through three homes in the Reisterstown Station neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore, killing one woman and seriously injuring at least two others, Baltimore Fire officials said Monday.
Multiple houses were damaged by an explosion near Reisterstown and Labyrinth roads, fire officials said in a tweet. The exact cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.
The explosion destroyed at least three homes and left several people, including children, trapped after one person dead.
The woman was pronounced dead on scene, union officials said in a tweet. Rescuers are communicating with one person still trapped, the tweet states.
Also, according to local reports, police described the situation as “borderline mass casualty” after the Baltimore, US.
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Balimore Firefighters took to Twitter saying: “MAJOR EXPLOSION WITH MULTIPLE PEOPLE TRAPPED.
“Several houses exploded. At least 5 people trapped, some children. A Collapse Response and Second Alarm has been called.”
A number of people are trapped in the debris and rubble
Three of those trapped were rescued by firefighters with a Special Rescue Operations unit called in to begin searching for other victims.
Sadly, one person has been pronounced dead at the scene while another victim is said to have suffered serious burns, according to a WBAL News reporter.
Rescuers are understood to be communicating with one person still trapped amongst rubble.
The Baltimore Sun said, officials from Baltimore Gas and Electric and the Baltimore office of emergency management are on scene.
Baltimore County fire department have also been called to the scene, union officials said.
Moses Glover was inside his nearby home in the 4200 block of Labyrinth Road when he heard a boom and looked outside his window. Suddenly, a second blast knocked the 77-year-old off of his feet, he said.
“It knocked me across the bed,” Glover said. “I came downstairs and saw all of the front of the houses across the street, they were on the ground. I had a picture window downstairs, the glass is in the chair now.”
Moses struggled to steady his breathing and said he was “shook up” by the experience.