One dead, seven others injured following Baltimore explosion

After an explosion shook a Baltimore neighborhood, investigators are still searching for the cause of the explosion Tuesday morning.

BALTIMORE (MD): One person is dead, seven others were seriously injured Monday morning after an explosion shook a Baltimore neighborhood. More people including children were presumed missing following the explosion.

Three homes have been leveled in the explosion, confirms Blair Adams, Public Information Officer for the Baltimore City Fire Department Monday morning.

“Three homes were reduced to rubble in a major gas explosion,” Adams said.

“It’s a labor-intensive rescue,” Adams said. “You have homes that were pretty much crumbled … a ton of debris on the ground, so we’re pulling and trying to comb through to see if we can find any additional occupants.”

Officials are searching among the rubble for possible survivors and to search for a cause of the explosion.

City officials say, three people were rescued shortly after first responders arrived at the scene. Additional medical and rescue units were called into the scene to assist in the search and rescue efforts.

The explosion happened in the 6500 block of Reisterstown Road near Labyrinth Road around 9:54 a.m. Three homes collapsed and the force of the explosion and debris blew out windows and doors in at least 16 nearby homes. Reisterstown Road is closed between Clarks Lane and Fallstaff Road. Motorists are advised to take alternative routes.

The American Red Cross arrived on scene Monday afternoon to help with any displaced residents and to hand out water.

Baltimore County and Howard County fire crews are assisting Baltimore city fire with the search and rescue operation.

Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) were on the scene and the gas was turned off in the immediate area. BGE crews are investigating what caused the explosion. On Monday company officials said, “We are closely monitoring the situation in northwest Baltimore following this morning’s horrific explosion.”

“Our crews have now inspected the Labyrinth Road gas main and canvassed all surrounding buildings. No gas readings were found in any of the buildings and no leaks were found on the Labyrinth Road gas main or services.”, according to a news release from BGE. “Our crews are continuing to inspect area gas mains and services for safety and will make any necessary repairs if any issues are found.”
Maryland Gov. Lary Hogan said the state Fire Marshal, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the Maryland Public Service Commission are all helping with the recovery.
“So far, we know that the explosion has taken one life. Our prayers are with the victims and all those affected by this tragedy,” he said in a statement.

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