Two dead after Amazon building partially collapses in Baltimore

Roman Schwartz
November 5, 2018

As Amazon and warehouse owner Duke Realty continue to assess the damage from a deadly tornado that struck Baltimore on Friday, the web retailer said delivery of packages bound for addresses across the Mid-Atlantic is delayed.

- Investigators have identified two men who were killed Friday night after an EF-1 tornado caused a building collapse at Baltimore's Amazon fulfillment center.

"My condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims", Hogan said in a post on Twitter.

"Last night severe weather impacted one of our Baltimore facilities resulting in 2 fatalities", he wrote. One person was found under the debris and taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Three minor injuries were reported. Both people were third party contractors and not Amazon employees.

Amazon closed the entire building following the wall collapse.

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"I just heard a lot of banging over top of our heads but we thought it was rain but when I looked back and I seen the wall collapse that's when I knew it wasn't just rain it had to be something else I'm not sure what it was but I was just hoping everybody got out safe", she said.

A second body was found on Saturday morning.

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.

"A squall line moved through the Baltimore area late Friday with locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds", said meteorologist Linda Lam. "Wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour were measured in the area".

The tornado briefly lifted before touching down again at an apartment complex in Dundalk.

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