At least 12 people injured in Maryland apartment explosion and fire, official says

At least 10 people, including four children, were taken to the hospital Wednesday and two others were treated at the scene after an explosion at an apartment complex in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said during a news conference about the blaze at the complex on Queens Orchard Boulevard that two of the injured adults were in critical condition.

Firefighters at the scene of a fire caused by an explosion at a Gaithersburg, Maryland, apartment building on November 16, 2022.

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Emergency responders received a report of an blaze at the complex shortly after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Goldstein said, and as of 10:30 a.m. there was still an active fire in one building. Off, she said. Goldstein said residents had told him the gas leak had been repaired last week.

Two of the complex’s six-unit buildings were affected by the explosion, and two others have been evacuated.

Goldstein said he feared the state of emergency would last several days. Responders completed searches of two buildings and a third, but Goldstein said there were still nine units to be searched. One half of the building is unstable and unsafe for search personnel, he said.

Officials said more than 100 first responders are at the scene.

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