Neighbors help residents who lost everything in Silver Spring apartment complex fire

- Alejandro Vicente, and his niece Natalie, rushed to a community center in Silver Spring where victims displaced by an apartment fire were taking up temporary shelter.

"A lot of people lost everything," said Vicente, who lives in the building but was lucky enough to escape without injury. He said many of the people who live in the apartment complex are from Guatemala and lost everything in the disaster.

Officials say 30 people were injured in the fire and transported to nearby hospitals. 28 apartment units were damaged and evacuated and 90 residents in total were displaced from their homes. As day broke, emergency crews were searching for as many as seven people who remained unaccounted.

Vicente brought clothes and water to the community center and said that he believes some people lost their lives in the incident.

He said that he was inside of his apartment unit when he heard what sounded like an explosion outside. He initially though the noise was caused by a tree falling but saw the fire when he rushed outside.

At this time a cause for the fire has not been determined.

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