Last November, Maryland’s two U.S. senators said federal investigators need to wrap up their inquiry into the August 2016 explosion and fire at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring. NTSB officials said at the time thorough investigations take time and cited staffing issues.
Maryland’s two U.S. Senators said Monday that federal investigators need to wrap up their probe into a fiery explosion at a Silver Spring apartment complex that killed seven people more than two years ago.
Friday marks the two-year anniversary of a sudden, deadly apartment blast which claimed seven lives and injured dozens more.
At a meeting organized by a group called Action in Montgomery and held at JoAnn Leleck Elementary School at Broad Acres Tuesday, several survivors described what they went through on the day of the tragedy, and what they’ve been dealing with since.
Federal investigators have found that a safety vent pipe was disconnected in the room housing gas meters at the Flower Branch Apartments before a deadly explosion and fire killed seven people last summer.
“I have never seen or experienced anything like that,” said one resident about the explosion that killed seven people, injured 30 and displaced 80 a year ago. Even Montgomery County’s fire chief said he “can’t fathom” what it was like to be in the building in the Flower Branch apartment complex. Residents are trying to move on, but the process is moving slowly.
Months after a natural gas explosion and fire at a Silver Spring apartment complex last August killed seven and displaced many others, an internal review of the county’s response and recovery praises efforts, but also finds a few areas to improve.
“This is just another way to show support financially and also to physically come together as a community and do something together, so I had to be a part it,” participant Jheanelle Wilkins says.
The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to get an update on issues relating to the explosion and fire at a Silver Spring apartment complex that killed seven people last month.
The Maryland Comptroller’s office held a financial recovery workshop with agencies from across the state the county to help victims of a Silver Spring apartment fire regain their financial footing.
The Zumba community came out in full force on Sunday to help raise funds for victims of the deadly apartment explosion in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Police said 34-year-old Aseged Mekonen, who had been listed among seven people missing after the fire, had been positively identified
Natural gas was a factor in the deadly explosion at a Silver Spring apartment complex last week, sources close to the investigation tell WTOP.
The local on-site investigation wrapped up Wednesday ahead of the release of an official report expected later this week on a cause for the explosion and fire. The National Transportation Safety Board announced Wednesday it’s launching its own investigation.
Some survivors of the deadly explosion and fire at Flower Branch Apartments were suspicious of receiving debit cards from their former landlord, but an immigrant advocacy group is helping to dispel those concerns.
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