Tornado causes wall collapse at Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore, two dead


A wall collapsed at the Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Photo via Baltimore Fire Department.

Two men died at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore after a tornado struck the region on Friday, causing a partial collapse of a 50-foot wall at the facility.

The contract workers were identified by The Baltimore City Fire Department as Andrew Lindsay, 54, and Israel Espana Argote, 37.

The Baltimore Sun reports that it was the first fatal tornado — described as a “low-level EF-1 tornado with winds up to 105 miles per hour — to hit Maryland since 2002.

“There was stuff falling everywhere, you could see the walls were caving in,” Amazon employee Brandon McBride told WBAL. “Rain was pouring everywhere; all the packages were soaked. It’s unreal.”

Here’s a report from WJZ in Baltimore.

Dave Clark, senior vice president of operations at Amazon, issued this statement via Twitter:

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