At least one person killed in natural gas explosion in Baltimore

Natural gas explosion in Baltimore leaves several hurt
Originally Published: 10 AUG 20 11:03 ET
Updated: 10 AUG 20 12:10 ET

(CNN) — One woman died and three people were hospitalized in serious condition after a major explosion in a residential area of Baltimore, according to Blair Adams, Public Information Officer for the Baltimore City Fire Department.

The explosion left several people, including children, trapped, a local firefighters union said on Twitter. Overhead video of the scene showed first responders searching through the rubble.

Three people have been rescued by firefighters, the Baltimore Firefighters IAFF Local 734 said, and the Baltimore Special Rescue Operations Team has begun search and rescue operations.

Baltimore City medical units and Baltimore County Fire Department units also have been called to the scene.

James E. Bentley, the Baltimore City Mayor’s spokesman, told CNN he is aware of the reports and was headed into a meeting about the situation.

This is a developing story.

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Baltimore Explosion

This photo provided by WJLA-TV shows the scene of an explosion in Baltimore on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Baltimore firefighters say an explosion has leveled several homes in the city. (WJLA-TV via AP)

BALTIMORE (AP) – A natural gas explosion has leveled three row houses in Baltimore, killing one person and critically injuring several others. A fourth home was partly destroyed. Rescue workers are picking through piles of wreckage; the firefighters union says one person is still trapped while another was pronounced dead at the scene, and at least two more were taken to hospitals. The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company says it got an initial call from firefighters just before 10 a.m. and it’s working to shut off gas around the immediate vicinity. One neighbor said he heard a boom before a second blast blew out his windows.  
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