Explosion at Apartment Complex in Silver Spring (PHOTOS)

Police MCP police car light investigation for slider 855 x 380A search and rescue effort is underway at an apartment complex in Silver Spring following an overnight explosion and fire.

It happened shortly before midnight in the 8600 block of Piney Branch Road.

Over 100 firefighters were called to the scene of the three alarm fire. Firefighters said some occupants were trapped on the second and third floor of a building.  At a news briefing Thursday morning, Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said between five to seven residents are unaccounted for, and dogs are being used to help search for people who may be trapped under the debris.

Over two dozen people were injured and transported to the hospital, including some firefighters, according to local reports.

The Red Cross is sending representatives to the scene to help displaced residents with food and housing. According to Goldstein, about 90 residents are displaced from their homes.

During an interview on NBC 4 this morning, Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker said he heard the explosion around midnight, describing it as a “deep boom.” He drove to the scene, which is about one mile from his home, and said he saw flames higher than the four-story building. Hucker says an emergency shelter has been sent up at the Long Brach Community Center for displaced residents.

So far, there has been no word on what caused the explosion and fire.

Commuters should note there are road closures because of the explosion and fire. Piney Branch Road is closed between University Avenue and Flower Avenue.

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