‘Come get us, we’re stuck!’ Children are heard screaming for help after gas explosion leveled three Baltimore homes, killing one woman and seriously injuring four others as rescuers continue to search for one victim
- Three homes near Reisterstown Road in Baltimore were destroyed in a blast around 10 a.m. Monday morning
- One woman has died and four other victims have been taken to hospital in a serious condition
- Three people were rescued soon after the blast and a fourth person – a woman – was rescued just before noon
- At least one more person is still trapped under the collapsed buildings
- More than 200 emergency personnel are combing the scene for survivors
- The blast was caused by a gas explosion, local firefighters confirmed, and an investigation is under way
- One neighbor said he heard children screaming for help from under the flattened buildings
Children were heard screaming for help after a deadly gas explosion leveled three Baltimore homes, killing one woman and seriously injuring four others, as rescuers continue to search for at least one more victim.
Baltimore Fire confirmed an adult female was pronounced dead at the scene and four other people have been taken to hospital in a serious condition following the devastating blast that ripped through the row homes at Labyrinth and Reisterstown Road just before 10 a.m. Monday morning.
More than 200 emergency responders are combing the scene for survivors as at least one victim remains trapped and it is unclear how many people may still be unaccounted for.
Shocking images from the scene show the homes completely flattened while the windows in nearby properties have been blown out by the devastating blast that was heard several blocks away.
At least one person has been killed and another two are in a critical condition after a ‘major explosion’ in Baltimore (above)
It is not clear how many people are unaccounted for but local media reports say desperate family members have gathered at the scene
Firefighters transport an injured person on a stretcher at the scene of the explosion in the residential area
One woman was pulled from the rubble just before noon while at least one more victim remains trapped
One woman is dead and another two people are in a critical condition following the blast
The aftermath of the explosion Monday morning that has left at least one dead and two seriously injured
The deadly gas explosion ripped through at least three homes in Baltimore and trapped victims, including children, under the rubble
Shocking images from the scene show at least three row homes completely reduced to rubble while the windows in nearby properties are blown out in the wake of the devastating blast that was heard several blocks away
Neighbors have gathered outside the explosion site in Baltimore where a gas explosion leveled three homes Monday morning
Emergency services guide a woman covered in debris out of the area following the ‘major incident’ that left at least one dead
Shocked residents look on while firefighters and rescue teams work to locate survivors with at least one person still trapped under the collapsed buildings
Shocked neighbor Kevin Matthews, who has lived on Labyrinth Road for 28 years, told the Chicago Tribune he rushed to the scene of the explosion just after 10 a.m. and could hear the cries of children.
‘Come get us! We’re stuck!’ he heard children screaming from the rubble.
Local firefighters were called to the area of the 6500 block of Reisterstown Road Monday morning after the massive explosion ripped through several homes.
Initial reports said five people, including children, were trapped inside and that a collapse response and second alarm had been called.
Baltimore police scanners said they were responding to a ‘mass casualty’ that impacted a three block radius and ‘completely destroyed’ three homes.
‘We are borderline mass casualty at this point. This explosion has affected at least a three block radius up here,’ a police scanner said.
‘Three dwellings completely destroyed.’
Three victims in a critical condition were pulled from the rubble by firefighters a short time later, with one person – an adult woman – pronounced dead at the scene.
The explosion destroyed at least three homes in Baltimore and trapped victims, including children, under the rubble. Pictured: the scene
Three homes near Reisterstown Road in Baltimore were destroyed in an explosion Monday morning
Baltimore Firefighters confirmed one person was pronounced dead at the scene following the explosion
Another person is still trapped under the debris near Reisterstown Road Monday morning
Two other victims have been pulled from the rubble and remain in a critical condition
At least one other person is still trapped and firefighters are communicating with them to try to get them out.
Firefighters are still searching for other survivors and off duty special rescue operations personnel have been drafted in to support the rescue operation ‘due to the complexity and size of this incident’, Baltimore Firefighters IAFF Local 734 tweeted.
Baltimore Fire confirmed the tragedy was caused by a gas explosion and officials from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. were pictured on the scene.
Baltimore Gas and Electric spokesperson Richard Yost told Baltimore Sun the company was on the scene.
‘We are on the scene and working closely with the fire department to make the situation safe,’ Yost said.
‘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.’
No further details of the cause of the blast are yet known and it is not clear how many people may still be trapped inside.
Desperate family members and neighbors have gathered at the scene for news of their loved ones as it remains unclear how many people are still unaccounted for.
Around 200 emergency services personnel are on the scene of the devastating blast
Eyewitnesses told CBS Baltimore they heard a large boom and felt the ground shake, with workers at a local store saying they felt the blast several blocks away
Where the homes once stood nothing but rubble and debris remained on the scene
Horrifying images from the scene show the homes completely destroyed and collapsed to rubble.
Aerial images show nothing but bricks and rubble where the homes once stood, while debris is seen scattered all over the surrounding homes in the area.
Across the street from the blast, at least four homes had their windows blown out from the force of the explosion.
Firefighters were pictured at the scene raking through the debris as dust filled the air and were using a chainsaw to cut through the roof of a building that had collapsed.
One survivor Major Watkins Jr., an 88-year-old army veteran whose home was destroyed in the explosion, told The Baltimore Sun the blast ‘sounded like Korea.’
Horrifying images on social media show homes destroyed and reduced to rubble in the area
Local firefighters were called to the area of the 6500 block of Reisterstown Road Monday morning after several houses exploded
Initial reports said five people, including children, were trapped inside after the explosion caused the buildings to collapse
A collapse response and second alarm has been called, Baltimore firefighters confirmed
Firefighters work to locate survivors in the rubble after at least one was killed and two others remain in a critical condition
Baltimore police scanners said they were responding to a ‘mass casualty’ that impacted a three block radius and ‘completely destroyed’ three homes
Debris is scattered all over the surrounding homes in the area while at least three properties have been reduced to dust
Three victims in a critical condition were pulled from the rubble by firefighters a short time later, with one person later pronounced dead at the scene
Eyewitnesses told CBS Baltimore they heard a large boom and felt the ground shake, with workers at a local store saying they felt the blast several blocks away.
‘I heard a kaboom and I thought it was a car or something and when I came out, I seen the debris and something’s gone, totally gone,’ one woman told the outlet.
Another neighbor told how he ran from his home barefoot after hearing the blast.
He said he could smell gas and smoke and could hear someone calling for ‘help’ from under the rubble.
‘It was catastrophic. It was like a bomb, like you watch things in other countries where they have like bombings and things like that,’ Dean Jones told CBS Baltimore.
‘It was like watching that in real life. Telephone poles split, I mean, houses down the block, broken glass.
‘When I initially got there, I could hear a voice just saying help. It’s crazy. It’s something I don’t ever wanna see ever again – I don’t want to relive it ever again.’
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