As many as seven people are still missing after a massive explosion rocked the Flower Branch apartment complex in Silver Spring during the early morning hours on Thursday. Massive flames ripped through the complex, setting fire to three other buildings and causing one unit to collapse.
As a law firm with extensive experience helping victims seriously injured at apartment complexes, The Cochran Firm, D.C. will continue to monitor the situation very closely. Oftentimes, these types of catastrophic accidents are caused by poor maintenance because landlords refuse to make proper repairs.
When people are seriously injured or lose their lives because landlords or property managers fail to make timely repairs and protect the safety of their residents, victims may hold these parties responsible for their careless actions. The Cochran Firm, D.C. has recovered millions of dollars in compensation to help victims through their difficult times.
While managers from Flower Branch apartments maintain there were no prior issues with gas leaks at the complex, residents informed local news outlets they smelled gas for weeks leading up to the explosion. One resident told reporters his call to 911 about a gas leak was dismissed by responders as only the smell of burning incense.
It is simply unacceptable that serious safety concerns would be brushed aside. As a law firm committed to public safety, The Cochran Firm, D.C. will continue to be a tireless advocate for ordinary people hurt by the recklessness of others.
If you or a loved one were injured in the fire at Flower Branch apartments at 8628 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring, you may contact our office for a free legal consultation about your legal options. Call our office during business hours at 202-682-5800 or at 1-800-THE FIRM (843-3476) to speak to us 24 hours a day.