SILVER SPRING, Md. (WAVY) — Multiple injuries were reported after an explosion and fire Thursday morning at an apartment building in Silver Spring, Maryland.
NBC Washington reports At least a dozen people are injured, some seriously. No fatalities have been reported so far, but firefighters are still working to evacuate the building and douse the flames.
The building is on the 2400 block of Lyttonsville Road and firefighters responded at around 10:30 a.m
Firefighters were seen using aerial platforms to rescue several people from the upper floors of the burning building while other trucks sprayed the building from above.
At least part of the building collapsed, and firefighters feared more collapses. Surrounding buildings were also evacuated.
It’s unclear what caused the explosion, but a resident who spoke to NBC Washington said he smelled an odor before exiting the building this morning.
“As I was leaving this morning, I said to my grandmother, ‘It smells like gas,'” he said. TJ Hall. “I still have friends locked in the building.”
Wind gusts of up to 30 km/h also hampered the response of firefighters.
The building is about four miles from the site of another home blast that killed two children and five adults and injured more than 60 people in August 2016 National Transportation Safety Board found A failed mercury service regulator and disconnected vent line resulted in a natural gas leak that resulted in the explosion.
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