BREAKING: Eight injured in cold mill building collapse
Monday, 05 May 2014 11:47

 Three workers listed in critical condition

Baltimore County fire personnel responded to the building collapse at the former Sparrows Point steel mill site.      photo by Ben Boehl

(This item has been updated to reflect new information received from the Baltimore County Fire Department, including an increase in the number of injured from eight to nine.)

 by Ben Boehl

   Nine workers were injured after a building collapsed at the former Sparrows Point steel mill site this morning, with three as listed in critical condition.
    Lt. Paul Massarelli of the Baltimore County Fire Department said the middle building of the three-structure cold mill complex collapsed at about 10:15 a.m. It was later reported that the original call came in at 10:01 a.m.
    The collapse, in the area near the former tin mill, came amidst ongoing demolition work at the steel mill site, which ceased operations in 2012 and was sold to a salvaging partnership.   
    Massarelli estimated the structure to be around 700 feet wide.
    “The whole roof collapsed on them,” he said.
    “We didn’t have to go into the building and rescue them. There were able to get out [before fire crews arrived].”
    Massarelli said three workers were listed in critical condition and were transported to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. That number was later updated to four. Two remain in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon. The other five injured workers were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with non-life threading injures. Massarelli said all the workers at the job site were accounted for.
    Massarelli said was teaching a firefighter training class at the Baltimore County Fire Rescue Academy across the street from the collapsed building, but said he did not hear the sound of the building collapsing.
    “We have not determined the cause at this time,” Massarelli said. The cause of the collapse is under investigation by Maryland Occupational Safety and Health. Approximately 65 county fire department personnel responded to the scene, along with 25 pieces of apparatus. Seven medic units, along with two helicopters from the Maryland State Police, were used to treat and transport the injured.