Firefighters search for multiple missing people after huge explosion rips through an apartment building in suburb of DC

Thursday, August 11, 2016
By Paul Martin

At least 31 people injured in Maryland suburb of Washington after a massive explosion rocked a building
Injuries including burns, respiratory damage and fractures suffered by people jumping from windows
A desperate search is ongoing as emergency services attempt to locate as many as seven missing people
Fire Chief says K-9 rescue team had a ‘hit’ while searching rubble, meaning people could be trapped
Fire services were called to the building in Silver Springs shortly before midnight on Wednesday
Three firefighters suffered heat related injuries while tackling the blaze but are in a good condition
Locals say they heard a loud ‘boom’ and some felt their house shake up more than a mile from the blast
A young girl said she was rescued from the building by a stranger who picked her up and carried her out

11 August 2016

Firefighters are searching for at least seven missing people after a large explosion ripped through an apartment building in a Maryland suburb of Washington.

At least 31 people, including three firefighters, have been injured. Residents are reported to have suffered burns from the blaze and fractures from jumping out of windows.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service say first responders were called to scene in Silver Spring just before midnight on Wednesday.

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