21 Injured, 9 Critically, In Explosion At Baltimore BGE Building; Company Says Natural Gas Not Involved

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — At least 21 people were taken to area hospitals after an explosion at the Baltimore Gas & Electric building in downtown Baltimore Wednesday morning.

Eyewitnesses told WJZ they heard and felt a large explosion just before 8:30 a.m. Then, they saw scaffolding fall from the building in the 100 block of West Fayette Street.

firefighters union said when crews arrived, they “were met with injured people on the ground, injured window washers clinging to their safety lines 12 stories up, and an active fire on the 16th floor of a hi-rise building.”

A total of 23 people were rescued from the building; 21 were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Two people refused treatment. Of those injured, nine are critical and one is in serious condition.

None of those who were injured were BGE employees, the company said.

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The two contractors who were cleaning the building windows were left clinging to the remaining scaffolding on the Lexington Street side of the building for about 30 minutes. They were later rescued by the fire department’s special operations team, who broke a window on the 10th and 11th floor and pulled the men through.

The building’s roof also partially collapsed; despite that, the building is still structurally sound, BGE said Wednesday evening.

Crews will repair the damage to the roof and windows to prevent further damage from the weather.

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