'We want justice', Silver Spring apartment explosion victims seek legal action

Nearly 80 families were displaced by the explosion and apartment fire. Authorities found no criminality.

SIVER SPRING (WUSA9) - Victims are demanding justice after an explosion at their Silver Spring apartment left seven dead, including two children.

"We want justice. We want to be treated with respect and dignity," said Sophia Reyes, a resident at the Flower Branch Apartment Complex.

Wednesday, CASA held a press conference with dozens of victims from the explosion where they announced that they were seeking litigation and compensation. 

Eighty-four families were displaced, seven people were killed, including two children.

Several of those victims said they smelled gas before the explosion and repeatedly reported that to the apartment complex, but nothing was ever done.

“We returned to our apartment because we were told it was safe. But two days later I smelled strong gas odor in apartment,” Reyes said. “I talked to Washington Gas…they confirmed there was a leak coming from my stove.”

WUSA9 has also heard from some former apartment employees, who said they were encouraged not to report or follow-up on any of those problems.


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