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Worker suffers severe burns after explosion in Baltimore County

Fire crews outside an apartment unit in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way in southwest Baltimore County. A fire, the cause of which is still under investigation, heavily damaged one home and caused visible damage to other units.
Fire crews outside an apartment unit in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way in southwest Baltimore County. A fire, the cause of which is still under investigation, heavily damaged one home and caused visible damage to other units.(Cody Boteler / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

A maintenance worker was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview with severe burns after a reported explosion at a house Tuesday in southwest Baltimore County.

The 29-year-old male was working in the home at the time of the incident, said Nick Tyson, a fire specialist with Baltimore County Fire Department. He was initially taken to the burn unit as a priority 1 patient, but was upgraded to priority 2, according to the Baltimore County Emergency Management.

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Fire crews outside an apartment unit in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way in southwest Baltimore County. A fire, the cause of which is still under investigation, heavily damaged one home and caused visible damage to other units.
Fire crews outside an apartment unit in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way in southwest Baltimore County. A fire, the cause of which is still under investigation, heavily damaged one home and caused visible damage to other units.(Cody Boteler / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

There were no other injuries reported from the fire in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way in the Highland Village apartment complex. A family of four escaped unharmed, Tyson said.

A call for a house explosion came in at 12:02 p.m. Fire officials said the were investigating whether the fire was caused by a gas explosion, however a BGE spokeswoman said that doesn’t appear to be the case.

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Tasha Jamerson said BGE crews came to the site at the request of the fire department and found “no gas-related issues,” within the home that caught fire and in surrounding homes.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but Tyson said “it did cause significant damage."

Baltimore County officials said three units suffered “less severe” damage.

This story may be updated.

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