SILVER SPRING, MD – At least ten people were hospitalized and several more remain unaccounted for following an explosion and fire at an apartment complex in Silver Spring, Breaking 911 reports.
The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. at the ‘Friendly Garden Apartments’ near Washington, D.C. according to officials.
“There are unaccounted-for people,” Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said at a news conference. “It is too early for me to say what initiated this. We are working through a wide range of concerns and possibilities are focus is on life safety at this time.”
Three buildings near the site were deemed unsafe and were evacuated.
“It’s a tragedy,” Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said. “It’s kind of horrifying. When you look at a building and see it gutted with the walls down and all the debris piled up, all I could think of was what happened to the people? Hopefully, they’re at work. It was depressing.”
Security camera footage captured the moment of the massive blast.
NOTE: Pre-arrival building explosion on Lyttonsville Rd, Silver Spring, explosion& fire, ~150 @mcfrs FFs responded, at least 1 dozen injured, ~100 will likely be displaced https://t.co/4viH6WZ8ni pic.twitter.com/QpqAdPlfgw— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) March 3, 2022
(initial dispatch around 10:30 a.m. 3/3/22) explosion & fire, Friendly Garden Apts, 2400blk Lyttonsville Rd next to Clairidge House, Silver Spring @MontgomeryCoMD ~150 @mcfrs FFs responded, @MCFRS_EMIHS transported ~1 dozen to area hospitals, 5 were Pri1 trauma patients pic.twitter.com/gKpOrnaTi9— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) March 3, 2022
Update (630p) Lyttonsville Rd, Silver Spring, @mcfrs crews will remain overnite, security fencing is being placed around the perimeter, three (3) buildings have been deemed unsafe to occupy (40 units & ~100 people), operations will begin in the morning around Sunrise (after 7a) https://t.co/caO6vxCT0e pic.twitter.com/1QIDTMDTzU— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) March 3, 2022
ICYMI (~1030a 3/3/22) 2400 Lyttonsville Rd., Silver Spring, @MontgomeryCoMD Building explosion and fire, (early video) some residents self-rescued while @mcfrs firefighters rescued & assisted others, ~ 1 dozen persons transported to hospital, ~100 will be displaced https://t.co/MmEQ2YBEjR— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) March 3, 2022
The Montgomery County Council issued the following statement:
“Councilmembers are keeping the residents of the Friendly Garden Apartments and the neighboring community members in our thoughts and prayers after today’s horrific explosion, fire and building collapse. We are grateful for the swift action of our first responders and the selfless actions of the residents who risked their own lives to save others.
“Multiple Montgomery County agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, and community partners, such as the Red Cross, are working together to provide medical care, food, clothing and shelter to all those who have been displaced.
“The Council also stands ready to assist survivors, family members and neighbors by doing everything in our power to provide support during the recovery and rebuilding process. In addition, we will be working with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause of the explosion, fire and building collapse and to take the steps necessary to help prevent a similar tragedy in the future.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosions (ATF), the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, Maryland State Police, and Maryland Department of Emergency Management were all on scene.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.
Video from the Friendly Gardens apartment fire in Silver Spring pic.twitter.com/XHydxcMBc1— Cory Smith (@CoryNBC) March 3, 2022
Several people are still unaccounted for following explosion and fire at the Friendly Garden Apartments. The number is in flux according to fire chief https://t.co/7wKvACnMuI— Cory Smith (@CoryNBC) March 3, 2022
TJ Hall’s grandma gets wheeled away by meds while he prays for friends still inside a collapsed apartment building in Silver Spring, Maryland, following what they say was an explosion and fire.
“They got her out on a ladder truck,” TJ said late Thursday morning. “I’m scared for my grandma. I rushed over here as fast as I could.”
At least 10 people were injured, three critically, in a two-alarm fire and explosion that engulfed a 4-story apartment building in Silver Spring Thursday morning. Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said several building residents are still unaccounted for, and three buildings have been declared unsafe to occupy.
Firefighters were called to the Friendly Garden Apartments, a six-building complex, around 11 a.m. for a reported fire and explosion in building 2105. Heavy fire was found on the first and second floors of the building, according to Montgomery County Public Information Officer Pete Piringer and a second alarm was called to get more help to the scene.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.
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