Amazon: 2 contractors died in building collapse

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Reports say a 50-foot wall collapsed late on Friday at the Amazon Fulfillment Center as a storm hit the area

In a statement, Amazon said "severe weather" caused a wall to collapse at the facility in Dundalk.

Chief Roman Clark tells the Sun that a 50-foot wall collapsed late Friday at the Amazon Fulfillment Center as a storm hit the area. He added that the second person is still missing.

The first man was found under some debris and was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead from his injuries.

According to the reports, a weather-related building collapsed at Amazon's distribution warehouse in Baltimore's southeast in Maryland on Friday. "The safety of our employees and contractors is our top priority and at this time the building remains closed", Lighty said in an email. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by Friday evening's tragic event".

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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.

"A squall line moved through the Baltimore area late Friday with locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds", said weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam. "Winds gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour were measured in the area".

A Baltimore Fire Department spokesperson also told WMAR that the storm had made the roof fall into the facility.

Employees said the whole side of the building collapsed and rain was pouring in.

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