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.”
Update: 6 people involved in W. Baltimore gas explosion includes 4 people transported in serious condition, 1 adult woman deceased, & FFs continue to rescue additional occupant. The cause is under investigation as we continue to search for any possible additional occupants.
— Baltimore Fire (@BaltimoreFire) August 10, 2020
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.”
We are closely monitoring the situation in northwest Baltimore following this morning’s horrific explosion. We have reached out to offer our full support to the ongoing response and recovery efforts, and are deeply grateful to the first responders on the scene.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) August 10, 2020