Apart­ment res­i­dents sue over ex­plo­sion that killed 7

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND -

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. .

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