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FOX 45 Baltimore: Baltimore leaders respond to gas explosion in West Baltimore

Aug. 10, 2020

By Tiffany Watson

BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- On Monday morning, emergency crews responded to a large gas explosion that occurred in West Baltimore.

Several rowhomes collapsed during the explosion.

City leaders are responding to the explosion, with many of them showing up to the scene.

Gov. Larry Hogan released a statement:

“This morning, an explosion destroyed three homes in the Reisterstown Station neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. First responders are still performing rescue operations, and several victims have been transported to area hospitals. So far, we know that the explosion has taken one life. Our prayers are with the victims and all those affected by this tragedy.

“The Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the Maryland Public Service Commission are all assisting on the ground. We continue to offer the State of Maryland’s full support to local officials."

City Council President Brandon Scott released a statement on the major gas explosion in Northwest Baltimore. "During this time of uncertainty, the only thing that matters is the safety and wellbeing of our neighbors."

"This morning’s 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.

Although this is still a very active scene, we do know that there was a major gas explosion, which resulted in the collapse of three homes in Northwest Baltimore. So far, one person has died, four people have been transported to the hospital, and Search and Rescue units are actively working to rescue one person.

The brave men and women of the Fire Department have been working with the Police Department, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Red Cross to ensure the rescue of those impacted, and the safety of those in the surrounding area. I want to thank not only our Baltimore City first responders, but also Baltimore County for their support during this tragedy.

My heart and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the residents of this community. During this time of uncertainty, the only thing that matters is the safety and wellbeing of our neighbors. I will continue to provide updates as they come in."

Comptroller Peter Franchot tweeted that he is "Devastated by this morning's news from Northwest Baltimore. My thoughts are with the families and communities impacted by this horrific tragedy, and I want to express my deepest gratitude to the first responders on the scene."

Comptroller Joan M. Pratt said, "My thoughts are with those affected by the devastation left by the explosion this morning. It is important that we support and lift up the heartbroken families, friends and members of this community in prayer as crews continue their search and rescue mission."

The cause is still under investigation.

Stay with FOX45 for more details.

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