Two women injured in Carroll County office building explosion

Two women were seriously injured in a building explosion that led to a two-alarm fire in Carroll County Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

A 38-year-old was airlifted from the one-story office building in the 1200 block of Silver Run Valley Road to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with burns to her upper torso and face, Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said.

The other, a 39-year-old, was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with trauma injuries from the explosion, Bouch said.

Both were in "stable" condition at the hospitals, and the 39-year-old was speaking with doctors and was expected to be released Friday, he said.

The women were working for Premier Financial Solutions in the building when the explosion blew out the front wall and sent flames through the roof around 2:17 p.m. Thursday, Bouch said.

Bouch said a propane leak appeared to have ignited in the basement of the 20-by-40-foot building, causing the explosion, according to a preliminary investigation.

Around 50 firefighters from several agencies responded to the fire, which was put out in about an hour.

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