Baltimore explosion today: Woman dead, 4 critical, 1 trapped.
A woman is dead, one person is trapped and four people are reported to be critically injured after three houses exploded Monday morning in northwest Baltimore, fire officials said.
Baltimore City fire officials are responding to a gas explosion on Labyrinth Road near Reisterstown Road. Fire officials were called to the scene just before 10 a.m.
Baltimore Fire officials said four people have been recovered from the scene in serious condition — one was taken to Shock Trauma, one was taken to Sinai Hospital and the other two are unknown at this time.
One woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fire officials are searching for one more person who is believed to be trapped in the rubble.
The Baltimore City Fire Commander said heavy machinery is not allowed to be used in the search. Fire fighters are sifting through the rubble by hand.
The cause of the explosion is currently unknown.
Reporter David Collins is on the ground and said many people who are walking around and appear to be injured are seniors.
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young is on the scene.
“My thoughts, my hopes and my prayers, everything I have in my body, is for the people, families who do not know what’s going on with their loved ones. We need the entire city to keep praying for this is now a search-and-rescue mission. It’s about human life, everything else is secondary at this point. It’s about supporting our first responders as they try to find actual human people that we know that are in there,” Council President Brandon Scott said. “This devastation is something you never think you’d see on a city block.”
“This is the neighborhood I actually grew up in, so I know this is one of the best neighborhoods out there. Neighbors look after one another, we care about one another, so it doesn’t surprise me one bit that you would have neighbors taking care of neighbors,” said City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, D-District 5.
Baltimore Gas and Electric released the following statement: “BGE received a call from the Fire Department at 9:54 this morning to respond to the scene. We are on the scene and working closely with the fire department to make the situation safe. Crews are working to turn off gas to the buildings in the immediate area. Once the gas is off we can begin to safely assess the situation including inspections of BGE equipment.”
Baltimore Police are asking people to avoid the Reisterstown Road corridor where it intersects with Labyrinth Road.
Baltimore City Fire, Baltimore County Fire and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are on scene.