More than 100 displaced and 34 injured following an explosion in Silver Spring
Firemen battle a blaze in Silver Spring following an explosion that claimed seven lives and injured 34 others. PHOTO BY JIM DAVIS
SILVER SPRING -- Seven people are dead after a fire burned down part of an apartment complex just before midnight Aug. 10, injuring 34 people and displacing about 100 people.
Police said seven of the Flower Branch Apartments’ residents were still missing as of Aug. 16: Saeda Ibrahim, 41; Augusto Jimenez Sr., 62; Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, 53; Aseged Mekonen, 34; Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, 8; Fernando Josue Hernandez Orellana, 3; and Saul Paniagua, 65.
Police found one of the people they originally thought was missing: Oscar Armando Ochoa, 55, who no longer lived there.
“If you know this community, you know this is a community that has a lot of challenges on a good day,” said Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker (D-5). “(There are) people that don't have a whole lot materially for all the hard work that they put into our county.