2 dead after Amazon building collapse in severe weather

Officials confirm it was a tornado that ripped apart some of an Amazon distribution warehouse in Baltimore, killing two men who worked for outside employers.

The two died at the Amazon distribution center in southeast Baltimore when a wall collapsed during the storm Friday.

According to Rachael Lighty, Regional Manager of External Communications for Amazon Operations, the two victims were third-party contractors and not Amazon employees. One victim was found under debris Friday night, and firefighters used heavy equipment to remove debris to locate the second victim Saturday. Officials said a 50ft wall at the warehouse collapsed.

The warehouse opened in 2014, one year ahead of a larger, 1 million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center on the site of a former General Motors plant that closed in 2005.

Amazon released a statement Saturday about the incident.

'We are incredibly thankful for the quick response from emergency services. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by yesterday's tragic events".

Footage taken by WJZ at the Amazon Fulfillment Center revealed overturned, large delivery trucks, as well as knocked down light polls, fallen corrugated metal sheets and other damage.

Severe weather in the area caused damage to the roof of an apartment building in Dundalk as well, displacing residents.

With severe storms and strong winds sweeping through Maryland Friday evening, the National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down during the storms, WBAL-TV reported.

Vanessa Coleman

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