Two dead after part of Amazon warehouse collapses in Baltimore

Jeannie Matthews
November 5, 2018

A company official says a second person is dead after part of an Amazon distribution warehouse collapsed amid severe weather in Baltimore.

Fire chief Roman Clark spoke to the Baltimore Sun.

In a statement, Amazon said "severe weather" caused a wall to collapse at the facility in Dundalk.

That's how an Amazon employee describes to WBAL what happened Friday night at one of the company's fulfillment centers in southeast Baltimore after the building partially collapsed.

"We are incredibly thankful for the quick response from emergency services", she added. Officials say a 50-foot wall at the warehouse collapsed. 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.

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The site was still an active scene as of Saturday afternoon, and an Amazon spokesperson told the paper that the building had been closed. No other injuries were reported. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by Friday evening's tragic event".

The National Weather Service is determining whether the storm's strong winds can be classified as a tornado.

The Amazon Fulfillment Center was one of several buildings to suffer from storm-related damage.

Media reports said rain began pouring into the hole left in one side of the building.

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