Workers rescued from dangling scaffolding after ‘explosion’ at Baltimore building

Two window cleaners were rescued from a dangling platform after an explosion at a Baltimore building injured at least 10 people Wednesday morning.  

The explosion left two workers trapped in the scaffolding, which was seen hanging from the Baltimore Gas and Electric’s offices in downtown Baltimore. 

Images from the scene showed first responders rescuing the workers just before 10am.

At least 10 people have been injured after a reported explosion at a building in Baltimore. Workers were trapped on a scaffolding that was seen dangling from the building

At least 10 people have been injured after a reported explosion at a building in Baltimore. Workers were trapped on a scaffolding that was seen dangling from the building 

According to Baltimore Fire, the explosion caused the roof to partially collapse on the building (pictured)

According to Baltimore Fire, the explosion caused the roof to partially collapse on the building (pictured)

In a tweet, the IAFF Local 734 said there was ‘evidence of an explosion on the 16th floor of 39 W. Lexington St’. 

IAFF crews said they were treating two people on the ground who suffered from burns. 

According to IAFF Local 734, more than 20 people were trapped in the building but have sense been rescued. 

Baltimore Fire said in a tweet that at least 10 people were transported to area hospitals. 

Nine of those injured are in critical condition while one is in serious condition. 

According to the department, the explosion caused the roof to partially collapse on the building.  

An aerial view of the building shows damage on top of the roof

An aerial view of the building shows damage on top of the roof 

A ladder from a fire department truck is seen working its way up to the scaffolding for the rescue

First responders are seen rescuing the two workers who became trapped in the scaffolding

First responders are seen rescuing the two workers who became trapped in the scaffolding 

Firefighters extinguished a fire caused by the explosion just after 10.30am. 

A spokesperson for Baltimore Gas and Electric told the Baltimore Sun that the incident was related to construction. 

The spokesperson said the work on the building’s ‘air handling and boiler system’ was likely the cause of the explosion. 

Luckily, the building was mostly empty due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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