The Latest: Aid official says 100 displaced by Maryland fire

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The Latest on a Maryland apartment fire that injured numerous people (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

An American Red Cross official estimates that 100 people have been displaced by a Maryland apartment fire, and 60 or 70 were staying at a Red Cross shelter established at a nearby community center.

Regional disaster director Paul Carden said Tuesday those who were displaced are primarily Spanish speakers. Translators were being brought in to ease communication.

He said the nature of the explosion has been especially traumatic. He noted that many people were “blown out of their beds.”

Mariana Turay, who has lived in the apartment complex for 30 years and spent the night in the shelter, said she is choosing to view the explosion as a blessing, so loud that it woke everyone up and alerted them to get out.

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2 a.m.

Fire officials say at least 20 to 25 people, including two firefighters, have been injured in a large fire at an apartment building in a Maryland suburb of Washington.

According to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, first responders were dispatched to the scene in Silver Spring just before midnight Wednesday.

The department said early Wednesday morning that the fire was believed to be under control.

Capt. Oscar Garcia tells The Associated Press the two firefighters injured are believed to have injuries that are not life-threatening. The extent of the others’ injuries wasn’t immediately known.

Garcia says not everyone is yet accounted for. The fire involved at least two or three buildings.

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