SILVER SPRING, Md. (TheBlaze/AP) — Fire officials say 30 people and three firefighters have been injured and five to seven people are unaccounted for after a large fire and collapse at an apartment complex in a Maryland suburb of Washington.
Fire officials at a station a mile away felt the explosion at the Flower Branch Apartments just before midnight Wednesday, Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein told WRC-TV.
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service reports first responders were dispatched to the scene in Silver Spring just before midnight Wednesday. The department said early Thursday that the fire was believed to be under control.
Spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia tells The Associated Press none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening. He says some of the occupants and bystanders reported an explosion. He says county officials are investigating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The department tweeted photos that showed a building at least partially collapsed and rubble strewn on the street in front of it.
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Five to Seven Unaccounted for After Explosion, Large Fire and Collapse at Apartment Complex, Officials Say
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