2 dead after Amazon building partially collapses in Baltimore

Andrew Cummings
November 5, 2018

Two people are dead after a partial building collapse late Friday at an Amazon warehouse near Baltimore, the city's fire chief said.

The Amazon Fulfillment Center was one of several buildings to suffer from storm-related damage. Search crews worked hours that night and later found the unaccounted for person under rubble before they were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead Saturday morning.

The Baltimore Sun reports the victims were a 54-year-old employee of a real estate consulting firm and the 37-year-old owner of a trucking company that contracted with Amazon.

A 50-foot wall in the facility, located in southeast Baltimore, crumbled as a storm passed through the area, according to the Baltimore Sun. He added that the second person is still missing.

Amazon released a statement on Saturday and said that the building would remain closed until further notice.

The National Weather Service had warned of thunderstorms in the area, with some producing gusty winds and heavy rain.

Roofs were reported to have been blown off apartment buildings in Dundalk, Maryland, while sections of ceilings were said to have fallen in at the Twin Arch Shopping Center's TJ Maxx and HomeGoods store. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by Friday evening's tragic event".

Officials are unaware of any other injuries but are continuing to assess the scene.

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