Cold mill collapse at Point injures nine workers
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 13:01

This Baltimore County Fire Department photo shows the collapsed roof that injured nine workers. 

Four taken to Shock Trauma; cause unclear

by Ben Boehl

Nine workers were injured after a building collapsed at the former Sparrows Point steel mill site on Monday.
    Lt. Paul Massarelli of the Baltimore County Fire Department said the middle building of the three-structure cold mill complex collapsed in the 1500 block of Sparrows Point Road 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.  
    Workers were reportedly in the area of the old tin mill doing demolition work on the Old Cold Strip Mill.
    MCM Management Corporation (MCM) is the company handling the demolition of the building and had 13 workers inside at the time of the collapse.
    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. They were able to get out [before fire crews arrived].”
    Dequandra Newell, 31, of Atlanta GA; John Hawthorne, 42, of Toledo, OH; Troy Minor, 50 and Deondrick Ross, 20, both of Flint MI, were four of the workers that were listed in critical condition and were transported to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Two remain in critical condition and one was released as  of Tuesday morning.
    Glenn Wright, 56, of Roseville, MI; Martenis Vaughn, Sr. 47, of Flint, MI; Martenis Vaughn, Jr. 28, of Essex; Marc Scott, 41, of Dearborn, MI, and Antoine Shaw, 31, of Essex  were five of the workers that were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Massarelli said all the workers at the job site were accounted for.
    Massarelli said he 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 collapse is under investigation by Maryland Occupational Safety and Health.
    Approximately 65 county fire department personnel responded to the scene, with 25 pieces of apparatus. Seven medic units, with two helicopters from the Maryland State Police were used to treat and transport the injured.
    MCM released a statement thanking Baltimore County’s first responders and asked the public to keep the injured and their families in their thoughts and prayers.