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

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

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.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado toppled a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Baltimore then struck the Amazon distribution facility with winds as high as 105 mph and then traveled 2.5 miles through Baltimore County.

If it turns out that it was, in fact, a tornado that touched down, the two Amazon Fulfillment Center deaths would be the first tornado-related deaths to be experienced in Maryland since 2002, according to the Sun. One person was found under the debris and taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead. A second person was also killed as a result of this incident.

A storm rolled through the area bringing down the 50-foot wall and forcing those in the building to evacuate, according to NBC News. "It just sounded like bombs were dropping everywhere. The whole side (of the building) was just dropping", he said.

Amazon's senior vice president of operations Dave Clark said in a tweet Saturday that there were two fatalities at the site.

Officials are unaware of any other injuries but are continuing to assess the scene.

"We are incredibly thankful for the quick response from emergency services", she added.

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