Firefighters rescued two workers who were trapped on a dangling scaffolding after an explosion at a downtown Baltimore building that seriously injured as many as 21 people.The Baltimore City Fire Department reported there was an explosion with a partial roof collapse around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Gas and Electric building at West Fayette and Liberty streets. Fire officials said as many as 23 people were rescued and at least 21 people were taken to hospitals. Two people declined to be taken to hospitals. The scaffolding tore loose after an apparent explosion in another part of the building that caused part of the roof to collapse and was heard throughout the downtown area.A crew from sister station WBAL-TV reported firefighters broke through a window and pulled the people on the scaffolding to safety.Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford said the workers on the scaffolding were still tethered to the wires on the side of the building upon firefighters’ arrival. Rescuers brought the workers into the building through windows on the 10th and 11th floors. Ford said the first person was pulled through a window on the 10th floor and for the other, a firefighter had to climb up the scaffold and bring the worker through an 11th floor window.”The building has been affected from the 10th floor to the roof, and there were several contractors working in the building,” Ford said.Video sent to WBAL from Ron Bryan shows the platform hanging diagonally on the side of the BGE building in the area of the 16th floor.BGE: Explosion not related to natural gasWhile fire officials said a cause remains under investigation, BGE officials released a statement saying it wasn’t related to natural gas. BGE released a statement, saying: “On Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, a construction-related incident occurred at BGE’s offices at 2 Center Plaza in downtown Baltimore. Construction work was occurring on the building’s air handling and boiler system, which likely caused the incident.”The incident was not natural gas related. The building’s gas service was not active due to the construction work.”The Baltimore City Fire Department has confirmed there are people being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The building was largely empty due to the upcoming holidays and the pandemic.”Window washing scaffolding was compromised because of the incident and a window washing crew was pulled to safety by the fire department. Fire department and BGE crews are on scene.”Deputy state fire marshals and ATF special agents are assisting city police and fire authorities.Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s statementBaltimore Mayor Brandon Scott was at the scene of the explosion Wednesday morning and later released a statement, saying: “This morning, an explosion at the BGE Building ignited a fire near the top of the building, trapping people on the surrounding scaffolding. The Baltimore City Fire Department remains on scene as the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.”Thanks to the swift action of our Fire Department, 23 people have been rescued, 21 of whom have been transported to area hospitals. Nine are in critical condition, one is in serious condition and no deaths have been reported.”I want to thank BCFD and our first responders for their life-saving work today. Without their bravery and quick response, the outcome could have been much worse. As the Fire Department’s investigation continues, my office will provide updates.”

Firefighters rescued two workers who were trapped on a dangling scaffolding after an explosion at a downtown Baltimore building that seriously injured as many as 21 people.

The Baltimore City Fire Department reported there was an explosion with a partial roof collapse around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Gas and Electric building at West Fayette and Liberty streets. Fire officials said as many as 23 people were rescued and at least 21 people were taken to hospitals. Two people declined to be taken to hospitals.

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The scaffolding tore loose after an apparent explosion in another part of the building that caused part of the roof to collapse and was heard throughout the downtown area.

A crew from sister station WBAL-TV reported firefighters broke through a window and pulled the people on the scaffolding to safety.

Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford said the workers on the scaffolding were still tethered to the wires on the side of the building upon firefighters’ arrival. Rescuers brought the workers into the building through windows on the 10th and 11th floors. Ford said the first person was pulled through a window on the 10th floor and for the other, a firefighter had to climb up the scaffold and bring the worker through an 11th floor window.

“The building has been affected from the 10th floor to the roof, and there were several contractors working in the building,” Ford said.

Video sent to WBAL from Ron Bryan shows the platform hanging diagonally on the side of the BGE building in the area of the 16th floor.

BGE: Explosion not related to natural gas

While fire officials said a cause remains under investigation, BGE officials released a statement saying it wasn’t related to natural gas.

BGE released a statement, saying: “On Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, a construction-related incident occurred at BGE’s offices at 2 Center Plaza in downtown Baltimore. Construction work was occurring on the building’s air handling and boiler system, which likely caused the incident.

“The incident was not natural gas related. The building’s gas service was not active due to the construction work.

“The Baltimore City Fire Department has confirmed there are people being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The building was largely empty due to the upcoming holidays and the pandemic.

“Window washing scaffolding was compromised because of the incident and a window washing crew was pulled to safety by the fire department. Fire department and BGE crews are on scene.”

Deputy state fire marshals and ATF special agents are assisting city police and fire authorities.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s statement

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott was at the scene of the explosion Wednesday morning and later released a statement, saying: “This morning, an explosion at the BGE Building ignited a fire near the top of the building, trapping people on the surrounding scaffolding. The Baltimore City Fire Department remains on scene as the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

“Thanks to the swift action of our Fire Department, 23 people have been rescued, 21 of whom have been transported to area hospitals. Nine are in critical condition, one is in serious condition and no deaths have been reported.

“I want to thank BCFD and our first responders for their life-saving work today. Without their bravery and quick response, the outcome could have been much worse. As the Fire Department’s investigation continues, my office will provide updates.”

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