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How to help displaced families after 'catastrophic explosion' at Gaithersburg apartment

At least 12 people are injured with two in critical condition following the explosion and fire at the Potomac Oaks Condominium Complex.

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Wednesday brought tragedy to families living in 24 apartment units at a Gaithersburg complex.

A gas explosion left 12 people injured, including four children, at the Potomac Oaks Condominium Complex in the 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard; two adults are in critical condition. 

The public can donate to fundraising efforts, organized by the county, by clicking here;100% of the money raised will go to those affected by the tragedy. A United States Department of Health and Human Services recovery team will also continue its outreach efforts in the community.

The Red Cross has announced that volunteers are working closely with government partners to ensure immediate needs, including health and mental health services, are met for the families and individuals affected. 

Those still in need of help can call 1-800-RED CROSS for that assistance.

The Activity Center at Bohrer Park will now function as a reception center and shelter in the aftermath of the explosion, where officials will provide help with securing future housing plans, food, medication and more. That opened for those in need at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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