An apartment explosion in a Silver Spring, Maryland, apartment complex last month has led to an impending lawsuit by the victims of the resulting fire.
The fire happened on August 10th at the Flower Branch Apartments on Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring and was caused by a natural gas explosion. The result was seven deaths, including two children, 80 displaced families and over 30 people receiving treatment for injuries at area hospitals.
At least 50 victims are participating in the suit at this point and over 100 tenants have signed petitions. According to CASA, the group advocating for the victims, there are other issues that will be addressed in addition to the explosion, including reports of quality of life issues like poor building conditions and alleged harassment from both security officers and managers at the apartment complex. CASA advocates for low-income women, workers, and tenants.
At a news conference on September 7 near the site of the fire, CASA Executive Director Gustavo Torres announced “We are calling for just compensation. We are thinking about how we are going to make sure that we bring justice to our families.”
Authorities say the fire was the result of a gas explosion in a meter room in the basement of one of the buildings. The investigation into what ignited the gas is ongoing.
The victims are seeking compensation and legislative changes in the lawsuit.
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