Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

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

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

Two people are dead following a wall collapse at a Maryland Amazon distribution warehouse, which was caused by an intense storm.

The fire department said the weather-related collapse happened at the Amazon Fulfillment Centre late Friday.

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 warehouse, killing two people.

One of the two men was found under debris and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Amazon said the victims were not employees but contracters. He added that the second person is still missing.

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A 50-foot wall in the facility, located in southeast Baltimore, crumbled as a storm passed through the area, according to the Baltimore Sun. "The safety of our employees and contractors is our top priority and at this time the building remains closed", Lighty said in an email. "Thank you to the emergency response teams who have been working through the night. Our thoughts go out to all families impacted by this evening's severe weather".

Footage taken by WJZ at the Amazon Fulfillment Center revealed overturned, large delivery trucks, as well as knocked down light polls, fallen corrugated metal sheets and other damage.

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

The tornado blew off a section of the roof of what Amazon calls its Baltimore sortation center, near the city's eastern border in Dundalk.

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