At Least 2 Dead In Building Collapse At Amazon Warehouse In Baltimore

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Friday night's storm system produced an EF-1 tornado that touched down in Baltimore City and County, producing winds of over 100 miles per hour and knocking down part of an Amazon.com warehouse, killing two people.

Baltimore fire officials say a 50x50 foot wall collapsed as a storm hit the area around 10:30 that night.

The Baltimore Sun reports the victims were a 54-year-old employee of a real estate consulting firm and the 37-year-old owner of a trucking company that contracted with Amazon.

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

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

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The site was still an active scene as of Saturday afternoon, and an Amazon spokesperson told the paper that the building had been closed.

"I just heard a lot of banging over top of our heads but we thought it was rain but when I looked back and I seen the wall collapse that's when I knew it wasn't just rain it had to be something else I'm not sure what it was but I was just hoping everybody got out safe", she said.

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 early Saturday.

The National Weather Service is determining whether the storm's strong winds can be classified as a tornado.

Roofs were reported to have been blown off apartment buildings in Dundalk, Maryland, while sections of ceilings were said to have fallen in at the Twin Arch Shopping Center's TJ Maxx and HomeGoods store.

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