BGE Worker Injured After Howard Co. Townhouse Gas Explosion

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Authorities are investigating cause of explosion and fire at townhomes in Howard County.

COLUMBIA, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Authorities in Maryland say at least six townhouses are uninhabitable after an explosion and fire that injured a gas worker investigating a reported leak and a person in one home.Gas and electric for the block is shut off after the explosion triggered a three-alarm fire that spread to neighboring homes in the 12000 block of Sleepy Horse Lane and injured two people, fire officials said. “It was horrifying because it was a huge explosion, so it rocked the entire neighborhood,” he said. “There were doors [across the street] that opened. Maria Hogg of the Howard County Fire Department said Wednesday night’s blast was so powerful that workers are pulling debris from nearby trees on Thursday.

Two townhomes to the left, and three to the right of the townhome that exploded were deemed uninhabitable, Hogg said Thursday morning as crews continued to investigate. She said she was out for a regular evening walk when she heard what she called a “massive explosion.” She was about a quarter of a mile away from her home and started to run toward it.

At sundown, Ira Gershman was preparing to break fast with family at his cousin’s residence in Clary’s Chase for Yom Kippur when a relative smelled gas. Another person who lived in the townhouses was in stable condition after being treated for smoke inhalation, according to Maria Hogg, a spokeswoman with the fire department. The family called a BGE employee, who came to investigate the leak. “After two minutes, he said to us, ‘Get everybody out of that house,’” said Gershman. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said he arrived to find a “pretty dramatic” scene but was glad to see how well it had been handled by emergency responders. “I’m very thankful that we have such well-trained firefighters and police,” he said. “I just want to tell anyone in Howard County that we are lucky to have them here.” “It’s one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever seen in my life.

At least one house was completely destroyed, leaving a gap between trees, and only the shell of several other houses remained, their interiors burnt out.

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