Baltimore firefighters are searching through the rubble after a massive gas explosion leveled multiple homes, killed a woman and seriously injured several other people.  The blast, that also shattered windows in other nearby homes, occurred shortly before 10 AM in a residential neighborhood in the northeast part of Baltimore near the 4200 block of Labyrinth Road.

Photo courtesy of Baltimore County Fire Department.

Fire officials said four people have been recovered from the scene in serious condition.  At least one was taken to Shock Trauma, one was taken to Sinai Hospital.  One victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Firefighters believe they are going to continue to find additional injured residents, according to city fire spokeswoman Blair Adams.  “Right now it’s unclear what caused the explosion. We are continuing to search for any additional occupants,” Adams said.  “It’s a labor intensive rescue… it was a major gas explosion so you had homes that were pretty much crumbled — a ton of debris on the ground that we’re trying to comb through.”

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson said in a statement: “We are on the scene and working closely with the fire department to make the situation safe.  Crews are working to turn off gas to the buildings in the immediate area. Once the gas is off we can begin to safely assess the situation including inspections of BGE equipment.”

If you or a loved one was affected by the explosion in Baltimore, contact the fire loss attorneys at Azrael, Franz, Schwab, Lipowitz & Solter.

The attorneys at Azrael Franz understand that fire-related incidents can be devastating to families.  The fire loss attorneys at Azrael Franz have decades of experience providing legal counsel to those whose loved ones have been affected by deadly fires. Our firm’s delicate and personal approach allows us to provide impeccable service to family members in need of a strong, yet delicate advocate.

Azrael Franz is proud of the results it has achieved for its clients, yet we measure our success by more that just addressing our clients’ financial concerns. We work tirelessly with families throughout the healing process. Our services extends beyond the completion of litigation, and we take pride in the relationships that are formed and maintained well beyond the conclusion of our legal efforts.

Azrael Franz has represented many burn survivors – including those touched by tragedy of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Our efforts also include devoting our firm to the establishment of the Michael D. Hendrix Burn Research Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital, which was initiated with the largest contribution in the history of the Maryland Regional Burn Center, and names for a client of the firm whose life was tragically cut short as a result of severe burns he sustained in an airline crash.

We also provide legal services for the Baltimore County Retired Fire Officers and Firefighters Association and to other firefighting organizations. The fire loss attorneys at Azrael Franz lecture frequently on fire safety and victims’ rights. Our commitment to assisting those in need continues to be a guiding principle of the firm.

If you were affected by the explosion in Baltimore, we urge you to contact our attorneys. We can help. To learn more about your legal options after a serious injury, contact the victim advocates at Azrael Franz.