Explosion at Baltimore Gas and Electric offices injures 10+ people, causes partial roof collapse

FD: Two workers who were trapped on dangling scaffolding were rescued through a window


Ben Leonard
The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — An explosion at the Baltimore Gas and Electric offices in downtown Baltimore Wednesday morning left “at least” 10 people injured, the fire department said.

Two workers who were trapped on dangling scaffolding after the reported explosion have been rescued through a window. The fire department said nine people were taken to area hospitals in critical condition, and another was in serious condition.

Two workers who were trapped on dangling scaffolding after the reported explosion were rescued through a window.
Two workers who were trapped on dangling scaffolding after the reported explosion were rescued through a window. (Photo/Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

The incident at BGE’s offices at 2 Center Plaza was related to construction, according to a statement from company spokeswoman Stephanie Anne Weaver. Work on the building’s “air handling and boiler system” likely was the culprit, she said.

The company said the building was mostly empty due to the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming holidays.

“Window washing scaffolding was compromised because of the incident and a window washing crew was pulled to safety by the fire department,” Weaver said.

There is “major damage structurally,” said Rich Langford, president of firefighters union IAFF Local 734. The fire department said there has been a partial roof collapse.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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