GAS EXPLOSION | 7 firefighters, 2 others hurt in northeast Baltimore

NE BALTIMORE: 7 firefighters, 2 others hurt in apartment gas explosion

BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- UPDATE: -4 firefighters remain at burn center, 2 released

-1 Firefighter still at Shock Trauma for observation

-1 Civilian in critical condition

Seven firefighters were injured and two other people injured at an apartment fire apparently caused by a gas explosion Wednesday afternoon in northeast Baltimore's Belair-Edison/Parkside area.

The fire was reported around 3 p.m. at Bowleys Lane and Brehms Lane in the Mannasota Manor Apartments.

Multiple medics were called to the fire, which reached two alarms.

The firefighters had first-degree and second-degree burns, and one was taken to Shock Trauma with life-threatening injuries, confirmed Baltimore Fire Department.

The fire department reported just before 7 p.m. that it could take another four hours to turn off the gas.

Officials said an explosion occurred after two firefighters entered, causing them to fall through to the basement floor and injuring five others.

The fire was still burning Wednesday evening, with some extension into other parts of the apartment complex. Firefighters reported containing the fire with heavy water.

Police on scene told FOX45's Keith Daniels that it was an active gas leak and ordered media and onlookers to evacuate.

Neighbors say there was a big explosion and at lease one firefighter was thrown from the roof to the ground.

Roman Clark from the Baltimore City Fire Department confirmed that at least two firefighters were initially reported missing when they were thrown into the basement from the blast. They have both been found and are currently being treated for injuries.

Clark says the leak is still active and BGE crews are on scene to turn off the gas.

Two residents are also being treated for burn injuries. The cause of the leak is under investigation.

This is a developing story.

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