Apartment residents sue over explosion that killed 7
Residents of a Silver Spring apartment complex where an explosion and fire killed seven people in August are suing the gas company and apartment management. Investigators have said that a buildup of natural gas caused the Aug. 10 explosion at the Flower Branch apartments. Two lawsuits filed Wednesday called the explosion preventable and said residents told management on “many occasions” that they could smell gas. One lawsuit involves injured residents and a man who lost family members. A second involves other residents, some whose homes were damaged. Residents are suing gas supplier Washington Gas Light Company and the Kay Management Co. The gas company said it can’t comment. .