Montgomery County Council Statement on the Explosion and Fire at the Friendly Garden Apartments in Silver Spring

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 3, 2022

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 3, 2022—The Montgomery County Council issued the following statement today following the explosion, fire and building collapse at the Friendly Garden Apartments in Silver Spring.

“Councilmembers are keeping the residents of the Friendly Garden Apartments and the neighboring community members in our thoughts and prayers after today’s horrific explosion, fire and building collapse. We are grateful for the swift action of our first responders and the selfless actions of the residents who risked their own lives to save others.

“Multiple Montgomery County agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, and community partners, such as the Red Cross, are working together to provide medical care, food, clothing and shelter to all those who have been displaced.

“The Council also stands ready to assist survivors, family members and neighbors by doing everything in our power to provide support during the recovery and rebuilding process. In addition, we will be working with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause of the explosion, fire and building collapse and to take the steps necessary to help prevent a similar tragedy in the future.”

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Residents who are seeking to provide assistance to those displaced by the fire at Friendly Gardens Apartments can visit Montgomery Housing Partnership’s webpage here.

Release ID: 22-094
Media Contact: Sonya Healy, 240-777-7926 , Lucia Jimenez 240-777-7832

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