Amazon: 2 contractors died in building collapse

Daniel Fowler
November 5, 2018

A storm rolled through the area bringing down the 50-foot wall and forcing those in the building to evacuate, according to NBC News.

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.

In a statement, Amazon said "severe weather" caused a wall to collapse at the facility in Dundalk.

Another person is unaccounted for.

The first person was recovered on Friday night and pronounced dead upon being taken to hospital, while another remained missing. The Baltimore Sun reports that the National Weather Service is surveying the area to see if a tornado touched down.

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Brandon McBride, an employee who was working onsite at the time of the incident, told CNN-affiliate WBAL that he was standing inside the building when he and a facility worker suddenly "heard these loud noises".

Officials are still considering the Amazon warehouse an "active scene" and said that firefighters would keep sifting through debris to ensure that there were no other victims buried beneath.

Employees said the whole side of the building collapsed and rain was pouring in.

Amazon's senior vice president of operations Dave Clark said in a tweet Saturday that there were two fatalities at the site.

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