Council member urges victims of Silver Spring fire to seek help

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Residents affected by the deadly fire that displaced dozens of families are being told not to worry about coming forward for help.

Many of the residents at the Flower Branch apartment complex are immigrants, and some may not have documents proving they are in the country legally.

Montgomery County council member George Leventhal emphasized that will not be a barrier to getting help.

He told WTOP, “The county only wants to help. No one in any way related to this incident will be at any risk of any immigration activity. The county only wants to assist people to get housing and be safe.” Leventhal, who speaks Spanish, repeated the message in Spanish as well as English.

The same message came from Zulma Aparicio, Director of Operations at Mary’s Center of Silver Spring, who said that facility offers mental health counseling, as well as medical assistance.

Mary’s Center has seen a number of clients who’ve already experienced trauma in their home countries, and who have been jolted by their experience with the violent blast and deadly fire that took two lives.

Montgomery County Council member George Leventhal urges victims of the Silver Spring apartment fire to come forward and ask for help.

Zulma Aparicio, Director of Operations at Mary’s Center of Silver Spring, urges Silver Spring fire victims to seek help.

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Kate Ryan

As a member of the award-winning WTOP News, Kate is focused on state and local government. Her focus has always been on how decisions made in a council chamber or state house affect your house. She's also covered breaking news, education and more.

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