Officials report that three people are in critical condition after a rowhome exploded in a Baltimore neighborhood on Tuesday. Soon after 2 o'clock, a home in Baltimore's Pigtown neighborhood's 1100 block of Bayard Street experienced a blast.
According to the Baltimore Fire Department, the collapse resulted in a gas line rupturing, which started a huge fire.
Three people were discovered trapped under debris left over from the collapse and explosion when firefighters arrived. The fire department reported that a 70-year-old man was attempting to assist two women, aged 16 and 48, who were inside the home when it collapsed.
All three victims were taken right away to the hospital to receive medical attention. Although the three victims were "considered critical," Baltimore Fire has not provided an update on their health.
"The fire is now under control. BGE is on scene digging in the street to gain access to gas lines. An excavator has been requested and en route to assist," Councilwoman Phylicia Porter said. "At the present time, possibly three families may need to be relocated. Housing and Red Cross are on scene assisting those families."
The gas main that supplies the explosion site underwent upgrades in October, according to a statement from Baltimore Gas and Electric.