Homes explode in Baltimore, killing 1 and injuring 3 others

Author: CNN and CBS Baltimore
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One person is dead after several homes collapsed in a northwest Baltimore neighborhood Monday morning along Reisterstown Road after a gas explosion.

The explosion happened in the 4200 block of Brookhill Road near the Reisterstown Road Plaza before 10 a.m. At least three homes collapsed and the debris blew out windows in nearby homes.

Baltimore City fire officials said a woman is dead and at least four others were taken to area hospitals in serious condition. There are trying to rescue at least one more person and are searching through the rubble for any additional victims.

Eyewitnesses tell WJZ they could hear a large boom and felt the ground shake for at least a four-block radius. Debris can be seen scattered in the roadway and there’s rubble where three homes stood.

“I heard a kaboom and I thought it was a car or something and when I came out, I seen the debris and something’s gone, totally gone,” one man told WJZ’s Paul Gessler.

One man, Dean Jones, told WJZ when he heard the explosion he ran from his home without any shoes. When he arrived at where the explosion was he could hear someone saying “help” from under the rubble.

“It was catastrophic. It was like a bomb, like you watch things in other countries where they have like bombings and things like that,” Jones said. “It was like watching that in real life. Telephone poles split, I mean, houses down the block, broken glass. When I initially got there, I could hear a voice just saying ‘Help,’ it’s crazy. It’s something I don’t ever wanna see ever again; I don’t want to relive it ever again.”

He said he did all he could to help until first responders arrived. He said he smelled smoke and gas.

This is a developing story.

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