Residents of apartment sue over explosion that killed 7

WASHINGTON (AP) " Residents of a Maryland apartment complex where an explosion and fire killed seven people in August are suing the gas company and apartment management.

Investigators have said that a buildup of natural gas caused the Aug. 10 explosion at the Flower Branch apartments in Silver Spring.

Two lawsuits filed Wednesday call the explosion preventable and say residents told management on "many occasions" that they could smell gas. One lawsuit involves injured residents and a man who lost family members. A second involves other residents, some whose homes were damaged.

Residents are suing gas supplier Washington Gas Light Company and the Kay Management Company.

The gas company said it can't comment. The management company released a lengthy statement detailing how it has helped residents after the deadly explosion.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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