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Baltimore Amazon warehouse wall collapse: 2 dead, fire chief says

05 November 2018
Baltimore Amazon warehouse wall collapse: 2 dead, fire chief says

A storm rolled through the area bringing down the 50-foot wall and forcing those in the building to evacuate, according to NBC News.

A partial collapse of an Amazon warehouse in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 2, killed two people, according to a fire chief quoted by the Baltimore Sun.

"My condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims", Hogan said in a post on Twitter.

Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty attributed the collapse to "severe weather" in a statement sent to multiple media outlets.

Friday night's storm system produced an EF-1 tornado that touched down in Baltimore City and County, producing winds of over 100 miles per hour and knocking down part of an Amazon.com warehouse, killing two people.

The first person was recovered on Friday night and pronounced dead upon being taken to hospital, while another remained missing. He adds that a second person was unaccounted for.

The site was still an active scene as of Saturday afternoon, and an Amazon spokesperson told the paper that the building had been closed. "Thank you to the emergency response teams who have been working through the night". No other injuries were reported by Amazon.

It left a track of intermittent damage, flipping over a tractor-trailer, ripping down part of the warehouse, and tearing off the roof of a nearby apartment complex in Dundalk, he said.

Earlier, the National Weather Service (NWS) had issued a warning about the thunderstorms in the area with strong winds and heavy rain.