Gas crews take closer look at lines near Silver Spring apartment building explosion site

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Silver Spring, Md. — Crews with Washington Gas were on scene of the deadly apartment building explosion in Silver Spring.

It was the first time they’ve been able to get close to the explosion site and do some testing.

According to a spokesman for Washington Gas, crews were using a system simulating device and slowly adding gas to pressurize the lines to determine how the lines in the building adjacent to the explosion were working.

The company did not announce the results of their findings.

Residents didn’t find much comfort in Monday’s testing, saying reports of gas to apartment managers in March and April went ignored.

“I don’t know why they didn’t fix it before,” said Edgar Gonzalez, an apartment resident who watched the gas crews work Monday.

The gas test came on the same day that a sixth body was recovered by the search crews. None of those six bodies have been identified.

The number of missing after last week’s blast has also been revised to 7 after Oscar Armando Ochoa, 55, contacted Montgomery County Police and told them he had moved out of his Flower Branch apartment yet his name still remained on the lease.

The missing include Saeda Ibrahim, 41, Augusto Jimenez Sr., 62, Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, 53, Aseged Mekonen, 34, Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, 8, Fernando Josue Hernandez Orellana, 3, Saul Paniagua, 65.

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