BALTIMORA (WJZ) – Four Baltimore County police officers and two emergency health service providers were injured in an explosion at a nail spa in Windsor Mill, Maryland on Monday night, according to authorities.
A man sustained fatal injuries around the same time, firefighters said.
The blast occurred at Block 1700 of Rolling Road at Libra Nails & Spa, according to authorities. It damaged many other businesses, firefighters said.
Baltimore County Firefighters said the man may be a former company employee. He was known to the company and its employees, according to authorities.
He is considered a suspect in the fire investigation, according to Baltimore County Police Department spokesman John Connors. The charges are pending, Connors said.
I just spoke to a witness, Reggie Watson, who describes a person walking in and out of Libra Nail & Spa as “messy” before the explosion.
– Cristina Mendez (@CrisMendezTV) May 17, 2022
Hazardous materials may have been involved in the fire, county firefighters said.
Baltimore County Police were initially responding to a criminal complaint at around 9:15 pm when the blast occurred, according to authorities.
The firefighters did not go into the details of the criminal complaint.
Connors said the man refused to leave the business. He allegedly ran back into the business and set him on fire, police said.
#BREAK: Baltimore County Police say a man known at Libra Nails & Spa in Windsor Mill is accused of running into the back of the shop, setting the place on fire, prior to the explosion.
4 agents, 2 emergency health service providers and 1 civilian hospitalized
– Rick Ritter (@RickRitterWJZ) May 17, 2022
The circumstances surrounding the fire, such as its origin and how it started, are under investigation, police said.
Investigators from the local division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are involved in the investigation, Connors said.
After the blast, firefighters began examining every activity to make sure no one else was injured, authorities said.
Some of the first responders who were injured complained of chest pain and smoke inhalation, firefighters said.