Ama­zon build­ing col­lapses amid storm, killing 2

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - News -

Two peo­ple were killed when part of an Ama­zon dis­tri­bu­tion ware­house col­lapsed amid severe weather, a spokes­woman for the re­tail gi­ant said Satur­day.

The men worked for an out­side com­pany and not Ama­zon, spokes­woman Rachael Lighty said. No one else was in­jured when severe storms with strong winds tore through Maryland Fri­day evening, she said.

“First re­spon­ders re­main on­site as­sess­ing the dam­age. The safety of our em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors is our top pri­or­ity and at this time the build­ing re­mains closed,” Lighty said in an email.

News re­ports cite Bal­ti­more fire of­fi­cials as say­ing one man was found un­der de­bris Fri­day night and later pro­nounced dead, while a sec­ond man’s body was re­cov­ered un­der rub­ble early Satur­day. Of­fi­cials say a 50foot wall at the ware­house col­lapsed. Pho­tos from the scene ap­pear to show the col­lapsed wall was about two sto­ries tall.

Bal­ti­more fire of­fi­cials didn’t re­spond to phone or email mes­sages from The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice had ear­lier warned of thun­der­storms in the area, with some pro­duc­ing gusty winds and heavy rain.

ULYSSES MUNOZ Bal­ti­more Sun

Emer­gency per­son­nel look over dam­age Satur­day af­ter a weather-re­lated build­ing col­lapse at an Ama­zon dis­tri­bu­tion ware­house in Bal­ti­more Fri­day night.

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