Residents of apartment sue over explosion that killed 7

Posted at 12:13 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 00:13:44-04

WASHINGTON (AP) Residents of a Maryland 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 in Silver Spring.

RELATED: 2 dead in Silver Spring apartment fire, explosion

Two lawsuits filed Wednesday call the explosion preventable and say 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.

See also: Silver Spring apartment fire caused by natural gas explosion

Residents are suing gas supplier Washington Gas Light Company and the Kay Management Company.

The gas company said it can't comment. The management company released a lengthy statement detailing how it has helped residents after the deadly explosion.

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