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2 dead after Amazon building collapse in severe weather

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Russell Knight | 05 November, 2018, 00:41

Officials said a 50ft wall at the warehouse collapsed.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado toppled a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Baltimore then struck the Amazon distribution facility with winds as high as 105 mph and then traveled 2.5 miles through Baltimore County.

Baltimore Fire Chief Roman Clark told The Baltimore Sun and WBAL that rescuers pulled one man out from under debris at the North America Sortation Center on Friday, but he died at the hospital. They used heavy equipment to shift debris including concrete and eventually found the second victim on Saturday morning at about 7.30am, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Two people are dead following a wall collapse at a Maryland Amazon distribution warehouse, which was caused by an intense storm.

Another person is unaccounted for. "The whole side (of the building) was just dropping".

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

Amazon's senior vice president of operations Dave Clark said in a tweet Saturday that there were two fatalities at the site. "Thank you to the emergency response teams who have been working through the night".

Amazon closed the entire building following the wall collapse.

No others are reported missing. "Our thoughts go out to all families impacted by this evening's severe weather".

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