SILVER SPRING, MD (WUSA9) - With a signed petition in hand, Flower Branch residents marched into a Kay Apartment Community Leasing Office.
Some wiped the sweat away from their foreheads. Others wiped tears before demanding answers. Residents tell WUSA9 many of their complaints have still gone ignored.
“We need a time now,” said a translator repeatedly.
“I don’t have that,” answered a property manager, who declined to answer much more than her name. She clutched the clipboard carrying the petition and repeated the answer in a small office, crowded by residents and news cameras.
The Silver Spring residents wanted the woman to agree to a time and date for a second meeting with the management company many say they were promised but, never received after the fatal apartment explosion and fire last month.
Before the march and what appeared to be an uncomfortable confrontation, attorneys and activists with the Maryland group, CASA, announced a civil lawsuit would be filed in the coming weeks against Kay Apartment Communities and maybe others.
“We’re really looking for anyone and everyone who has any part to play in what happened here,” said Cary Joshi, one of the attorneys involved. She tells WUSA 9, they are representing about 50 people so far and expect more to join.
Joshi also says they are still in their investigation phase but believes the lawsuit will be successful.
"I think just by looking at the site and seeing that this obviously is something out of the ordinary that no family, person should have to experience …there is a need to find who is responsible and have them compensate those who are injured,” said Joshi.
“Sera justicia,” said Cecilia Escobar in Spanish. She told WUSA9 she’s fighting so there is justice and so they [Kay Apartment Communities] understand, “Somos humanos, somos como todos.” In English, she says “we are humans, we are like everyone else,” adding, “we have our responsibilities. We are not different.”
Kay Apartment Communities gave a long response to our statement request outlining what they have done so far. They did not respond to the lawsuit, but told WUSA9, they will reach out to the tenants who signed that petition.
You can read their full statement here: http://www.flowerbranchcommunity.com/