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Major gas explosion destroys homes in Baltimore, killing 1 and trapping others (photos)

A major gas explosion has left one dead with several people injured in Baltimore, Maryland. 

According to the Baltimore Firefighters Union IAFF Local 734, three-row houses in northwest Baltimore were completely destroyed and several people were injured on Monday morning, August 10. Multiple people, including children, had been trapped and rescued from the rubble as crews were continuing to search for more trapped occupants.

“This is a major incident,” the IAFF Local 734 said in a tweet. More than 200 personnel were on scene, including officials with Baltimore County Fire, the city’s emergency management office and Baltimore Gas and Electric, the union said.

Two of the homes’ occupants were taken to hospitals in serious condition, the fire department tweeted. 

One destroyed home belonged to an 88-year-old U.S. Army veteran, the Baltimore Sun reported. That veteran, Major Watkins, Jr., said the explosion “sounded like Korea.”

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