A fire and explosion at a Silver Spring apartment complex caused massive damage, killing two and injuring dozens -- displacing almost a hundred residents.
Some residents remain missing.
Paul Carden, spokesman for the American Red Cross, said approximately 70 of the nearly 100 displaced residents have reported to the emergency shelter that has been set up at the Long Branch Community Center on Piney Branch Rd.
Some additional residents who were evacuated from surrounding buildings as a precaution have since been allowed to reenter their homes, although they do not have electricity or gas service.
If you'd like to directly help the victims, you can donate cash or gift cards to the Montgomery Housing Partnership, according to officials. The partnership is collecting monetary donations for the displaced residents. You can make a contribution online here or mail a check to Montgomery Housing Partnership with “Long Branch fire” in the memo line to 12200 Tech Road, Suite 250, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Click here for more information.
The American Red Cross has also provided help, shelter and services for the displaced residents. If you would like, you can make a donation to Red Cross by clicking here.
MORE WAYS TO HELP:
- The nonprofit CASA is taking donations (only cash or underwear) at its welcome center at 734 University Blvd. East in Silver Spring from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, or 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Must drop off.
- If you want to donate clothing please only drop off at Interfaith Clothing Center in Rockville
- Many of the families speak Spanish or French and need interpreters. Volunteers who are able to interpret in either language should email email@example.com.
- The Rockville-based food non-profit, Nourish Now, is organizing this food donation from local restaurants.