Silver Spring, Maryland is a Suburb of Washington, D.C. An apartment complex there just suffered a major explosion, sending 30 people to the hospital. Two are confirmed dead.
This is shocking and tragic:
The victims have not yet been identified, and several other residents who were believed to be in the building at the time of the fire and explosion are still unaccounted for, Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Russ Hamill told reporters during a Thursday news conference.
Police are now trying to identify and locate all residents of the building and have asked anyone with that information to contact Montgomery County police by dialing 31. People with information who live outside the county can call 240-777-0311.
In the initial hours after the explosion, fire officials said five to seven people were missing, although during the Thursday news conference they declined to provide an update on the number of apartment residents still unaccounted for.
More than 30 residents taken to the hospital
The cause of the explosion and the blaze — the sequence of events is still unclear — remains under investigation. Hamill said police Thursday afternoon were not prepared to discuss any causes of the incident and that detectives couldn’t even enter the building until it could be shored up.
This is a breaking news story. We will update this as more details become available.