1 Dead As Gas Blast Rocks Baltimore Neighbourhood

Story By: Lee BullenSub-EditorAlex Cope,  Agency:Real Press

One person has been killed while seven others are injured following a gas blast in the US city of Baltimore.

The gas explosion took place in the area of Reisterstown Road and Brookhill Road near Labyrinth Road in Baltimore in the US state of Maryland at 9.54am on 10th August.

Three houses completely collapsed while the force of the blast blew the windows and doors out of other nearby homes.

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Emergency workers and sniffer dogs searched through the rubble to find victims, and one woman has been confirmed dead so far.

Large equipment was brought to the scene to help rescuers move the debris out of the way.

CBS Baltimore said that at least five people had been taken to nearby hospitals for injuries, some in a serious condition.

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The fire department later reported the number of wounded to be seven.

One man told local TV channel WJZ-TV that three family members were injured in the explosion, but they are all expected to recover.

Nearby roads were closed as motorists were advised to take alternative routes.

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Meanwhile, gas services remained off in the affected block.

The gas infrastructure dates back to the early 1960s and was last inspected in June and July last year.

Baltimore Gas & Electric said there had been no gas odours reported in the area prior to the blast.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

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