Image courtesy of Montgomery County, MD News

A massive explosion and ensuing 3 alarm fire leveled two apartment buildings containing 28 units in the Flower Branch Apartment complex on Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring, Maryland just before midnight August 10, 2016.  There were 30 people taken to area hospitals and 5-7 people living in the apartments are not accounted for.  Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said, “People were dropping children and jumping out of other windows.” More than 160 fire and rescue workers were called to the scene to help battle the blaze.  The force of the explosion blew debris more than 300 feet from the buildings.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims of the Silver Spring explosion and their families.  Azrael, Franz, Schwab and Lipowitz is a Maryland law firm with a long history of fire investigation and victim representation in catastrophic disasters such as the terrible circumstances at Flower Branch Apartments. Victims and their families deserve answers to the cause of this explosion and compensation for their losses and damages.  AFSL can help.  Contact us by telephone (410.821.6800) or email ( for a free consultation on the rights of those affected by this terrible circumstance. For more details, view the Montgomery County, MD News story here.