SILVER SPRING — It’s been two full years since Kenya Mayorga and her three children heard the loud boom and watched flames engulf a section of the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, resulting in the death of seven tenants. No one in her family sleeps through the night, and they all still panic whenever they hear a fire truck siren, she said.
“Honestly, I am not” over the gas explosion and fire on Aug. 10, 2016, at the apartments on Piney Branch Road.
“I am not feeling better. I don’t feel safe,” she said, adding she remained there so her children can attend the area schools.
“It’s traumatic,” agreed Anna Martinez, lead organizer at CASA de Maryland. Residents at the apartments “don’t have the certainty it won’t happen again.”
In memory and in honor of those who died, were injured or displaced, a vigil Friday was held at the scene.
“We are here to show our respect and our solidarity,” said Gustavo Torres, CASA president.