Strong storms cause Amazon building collapse, two dead

A wall collapsed at an Amazon warehouse in Baltimore on Nov. 2 2018.                        Courtesy of Jenna Dorsey

At least two people died in the partial collapse of an Amazon.com Inc distribution warehouse.

Two people are dead after a building collapse late Friday at an Amazon distribution warehouse in Baltimore, according to fire officials.

Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty attributed the collapse to "severe weather" in a statement sent to multiple media outlets.

Amazon's senior vice-president of operations, Dave Clark, said in a tweet on Saturday there were two fatalities at the site, on the south-east side of the city.

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Amazon said the victims were "third-party contractors" and not Amazon employees. Clark says one person was found under debris and taken to a hospital, where the person was pronounced dead, the Sun reports. He added that the second person is still missing.

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. Three minor injuries were reported.

It left a track of intermittent damage, flipping over a tractor-trailer, ripping down part of the warehouse, and tearing off the roof of a nearby apartment complex in Dundalk, he said.

"A squall line moved through the Baltimore area late Friday with locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds", said weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam. "Wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour were measured in the area".

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