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Two dead, dozens hurt in Maryland apartment fire: Officials

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 01:33

Authorities say at least two people were killed in an apartment building fire and explosion in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dozens were injured and others are still unaccounted for. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Federal explosives experts are helping investigate an explosion and fire that tore through an apartment building in a Washington D.C. suburb, that left two people dead. Several others are still unaccounted for and dozens more were injured. The blast at the four-story building shortly before midnight in Silver Spring, Maryland, was felt more than a mile away, fire officials said. About 160 firefighters battled the blaze, which was brought under control by Thursday morning. Three firefighters who suffered injuries were treated and released. Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said in a Twitter post that experts from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were helping county fire investigators as they looked into the cause. The blast scattered debris as far as 300 feet (90 meters) from the building. Clothing was seen strewn on sidewalk treetops in video footage provided by fire officials. Bricks were launched across a roadway, badly damaging a storefront and cars parked nearby.

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Two dead, dozens hurt in Maryland apartment fire: Officials

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 01:33