Several missing, 3 firefighters injured in Maryland apartment explosion

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – More than 24 people were hurt and several others rescued Thursday in a explosion at an apartment complex in Silver Spring, Maryland.

At least 5 people are missing, and 3 firefighters were injured, officials said.

The fire started just before midnight after an apparent natural gas explosion.

The explosion was felt by crews at a fire station about a mile away.

Some 160 firefighters battled the flames. They also rescued several people who were trapped inside their apartments, fire officials said.

Firefighters gained control of the flames around 2 a.m. 

More than 90 people were displaced and multiple buildings were damaged.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.