Strong storms and intense winds passed through Maryland Friday evening, apparently contributing to the collapse of a 50-foot wall at the Amazon Fullfillment Center in Southeast Baltimore at about 10.30pm.
Two people were killed when part of an Amazon distribution warehouse collapsed amid severe weather, a spokeswoman for the retail giant said Saturday.
Emergency personnel look over a damaged truck, November 3, 2018, after a weather-related building collapse at an Amazon distribution warehouse in Baltimore.
Severe weather came through the area Friday night at the time of the partial collapse, Clark said.
The newspaper reported one man was pulled from the debris and pronounced dead at hospital, and the body of a second man was later found.
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Another person is unaccounted for. Officials say a 50-foot wall at the warehouse collapsed. The National Weather Service will survey the damage today.
Media reports said rain began pouring into the hole left in one side of the building. "It just sounded like bombs were dropping everywhere".
Dave Clark, Amazon's SVP of operations, confirmed the deaths in a statement on Saturday on Twitter.
Amazon closed the entire building following the wall collapse. "Thank you to the emergency response teams who have been working through the night". Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by last night's tragic event, ' the spokesperson added.