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3 Injured Following Gas Explosion In Pikesville On Friday

PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) -- Baltimore County Fire officials have confirmed that three people were injured, one critically, following a gas explosion in Pikesville on Friday.

BGE crews were working on a gas line when it exploded. The fire burned for about three hours before crews were able to extinguish it.

Neighbors said they could feel their homes shake from the explosion.

"We were on the side of the house looking at the garden and corner of my eyes I saw and I hear this big explosion," said Ruebin Schechman, neighbor.

He says his wife quickly grabbed a wet towel and ran over to help the injured worker. "She didn't know what to do she got real frantic," said Ruebin Schechman, neighbor. Two other workers were injured and treated on the scene.

Multiple homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Crews are still on the scene and are still working to safely restore power and gas to more than 200 households.

A statement from BGE reads:

"BGE crews were performing work on a steel gas main when the fire began. One employee was taken to the hospital for medical treatment, and another employee was treated at the scene. BGE crews remain onsite assisting the fire department and ensuring the area is safe. In order to safely perform this work, gas service may be suspended to approximately 200 customers while the repair work is underway. The process of restoring gas service to these customers will begin once repairs are completed."

The critically injured worker remains hospitalized. No word on his condition.

Chopper 13 was over the scene Friday afternoon. You could see flames shooting out from the roadway at Stevenson Road and Janellen Drive.

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