Firefighters investigate the crime scene after powerful blast sets house in Columbia on fire. The incident took place while workers at the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company were verifying systems of a potential gas leak, officials have stated.
Residents on the Sleepy Horse Lane went through dreadful moments on Wednesday night when an explosion took place at a nearby house. The blast took place at approximately 8 p.m. placing all the 12000 blocks on the street at risk.
According to witnesses declaration an inhabitant in the neighborhood has dialed 911 to inform authorities of a potential gas leak in the neighborhood. The call prompted employees at the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company to send a worker on the Sleepy Horse Lane.
As the worker was conducting his system verification routine, the house exploded. The worker was immediately sent to the Johns Hopkins Bayview center for burnt patients. Firefighters arrived at the scene to put the fire out, but some residents still needed medical care.
Witnesses have further stated that one inhabitant was taken to the hospital because he inhaled too much smoke and could not breathe properly. Ira Gershman, a neighbor, was surprised that she has survived the explosion. She told the press that she was very close to the house when the explosion took place.
She estimated that she was at a distance of approximately 10 or 12 feet when they saw the house go up. She was not injured, although the blast was so powerful that has swiped her off her feet. Other neighbors confessed that they initially thought they experienced a powerful quake, but they realized an explosion took place when they looked outside the windows.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue has immediately arrived and provided support to take out the fire. More investigations are being conducted to determine the exact causes of the explosion.
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