Red Cross sets up center to help victims of Silver Spring explosion and fire – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The local Red Cross operates an emergency shelter to help families affected by an explosion and fire at an apartment building in Silver Spring.

Free help for anyone with “disaster-related needs” is available at 1700 April Lane, the Montgomery, Howard and Frederick Counties Red Cross said Friday.

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“Our thoughts are with the individuals and families who have suffered losses as a result of this horrific incident,” said Curt Luthye, chief executive officer of the group. “Our trained volunteers stand ready to support those caused by disasters for as long as help is needed.”

Organization volunteers responded to the scene of Thursday’s explosion and fire at the 2400 block of Lyttonsville Road to provide food, water and mental health support.

Montgomery County officials said Friday all residents of the apartment complex were charged.

A total of fourteen people were injured in the incident, three of whom suffered serious injuries, Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said.

He noted that first responders don’t know if there were any visitors in the building at the time of the blast.

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Though three buildings were ruled uninhabitable Thursday, Goldstein said all six buildings on the property lost power due to a transformer that was damaged in the blast. As a result, around 225 residents were displaced.

Shortly after the fire was contained Thursday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said the complex contains affordable housing units.

“These aren’t people who have the wherewithal to just say, ‘Hey, I’m getting on with my life,'” he said. “This is going to have a really serious impact.”

Montgomery Housing Partnership, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing in the county, is raising money for families affected by the fire.

Montgomery Housing Partnership, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing in the county to collect donations for families affected by the fire

As of Friday morning, the nonprofit’s fundraiser had raised more than $220,000, Elrich said.

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The Red Cross said it needed no donations for its efforts and directed people to donate to the Montgomery Housing Partnership’s campaign.

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