8/13/20 8:53 a.m. Update:
In a tweet on Aug. 11, the Baltimore City Fire Department said the explosion resulted in two dead and seven injured.
8/11/20 9:26 a.m. Update:
A statement from Baltimore Gas and Electric Company read that the area’s gas infrastructure was originally installed during the early 1960s, and that the location’s gas mains and services were last inspected in June and July of 2019, with no leaks being detected. BGE also stated that on the morning before the explosion they received no reports of gas odors. The company committed to working with first responders and the Fire Department to determine what caused the blast, and that all company equipment would be inspected once rescue efforts are concluded.
BGE also announced that gas services would be suspended to a part of the 4200 block of Labyrinth Road, calling the action a standard safety procedure to assist emergency responders. The statement added that area electrical lines that had been damaged have since been repaired and that power has been restored to all nearby residents.
A reported gas explosion in a northwest Baltimore neighborhood has left one woman dead, four people in serious condition and one other awaiting rescue, according to the Baltimore City Fire Department’s Twitter account on August 10.
The blast, which occurred near the corner of Reisterstown and Labyrinth roads, tore through at least three different houses, fire officials said.
In addition to firefighters, rescue workers currently at the scene include some Special Rescue Operations units, according to a tweet from Baltimore Firefighters IAFF Local 734. It is not yet clear what caused the explosion.
Speaking to the Baltimore Sun, 77-year-old resident Moses Glover described the blast. “It knocked me across the bed,” Glover told the Sun. “I came downstairs and saw all of the front of the houses across the street, they were on the ground. I had a picture window downstairs, the glass is in the chair now.”
In a statement, Brandon M. Scott, president of the Baltimore City Council, said the explosion “was absolutely devastating. The tragedy hit close to home as I received a call from my mother who works nearby in the Reisterstown Plaza. She heard the blast from her job.”
“My heart and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the residents of this community,” Scott continued. “During this time of uncertainty, the only thing that matters is the safety and wellbeing of our neighbors.”