USA TODAY's Karina Shedrofsky reports that dozens of residents living in a Silver Spring, Md., apartment building were rushed to the hospital after a natural gas explosion leveled the three-story structure on Wednesday evening. Two bodies were found in the ruins, and several are missing.
Three firefighters are among the injured. Many became hurt after jumping out of windows in rapid attempt to escape the fires. About 60 of the nearly 100 displaced residents spent the night at an emergency shelter set up at a local library.
Carlos Mendez, who lives in the complex three buildings down from the initial blast, said he bolted from his apartment as soon as the blast hit. "I felt something hit and shook the building," he said. Mendez also said he saw someone jump from the building with his clothes on fire.