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7th body recovered from Silver Spring fire

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Posted at 8:44 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 23:38:53-04

A seventh body was recovered Tuesday from an apartment fire in Silver Spring, Montgomery County Police said.

Police haven't identified the seven victims. The bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy and possible identification, police said.

The explosion late Wednesday night at the Flower Branch apartment complex shook buildings more than a mile away and sent debris flying a hundred yards.

RELATED: Additional deaths expected in Silver Spring apartment fire

Residents of the two buildings that were destroyed are working on regaining a sense of normalcy.

About 50 people slept at the Long Branch Community Center Sunday night. Red Cross officials said more than 200 people registered with the shelter since the disaster.

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Crews are digging through the rubble with shovels, and in masks, working to find the last body and find out what caused this explosion.

Officials at the shelter are working to find a more long term location for the misplaced, saying they may never be able to live in the building again.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Search and recovery efforts will continue Wednesday.

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