Ethiopian Teen Who Lost Everything in Silver Spring Apartment Explosion Continues Recovery
Four months after a devastating explosion that killed seven and injured dozens at a MD apt building, one teenage survivor who lost two family friends and all of her belongings says she's hopeful for the future.
Bitseat Getaneh, seventeen, had arrived to the United States from Ethiopia on Aug. ten, the day before the blast. She was set to stay with family friends at the Flower Department Apartments in Silver Spring for a few weeks before emotional to OK to attend a boarding school.
"It was my dream for two years to arrive to the United States," Getaneh told News4.
But Getaneh'south American dream was quickly shattered. She woke up to the explosion and fire during her first night at the Flower Department Apartments. Getaneh managed to create it out, but her family friends, 40-year-old Saeda Ibrahim and 34-year-old Aseged Mekonen, died.
"They were so kind to me. I met them, like, only that day. But they were so kind to me," Getaneh said.
Getaneh also sustained injuries during the blast. Scars cover her arms, hands and face.
"I'm pleased because I'm alive," she said.
The fatal natural gas explosion destroyed several apartments and displaced more than fifty families. Getaneh'south boarding school tuition money, $2.000 in cash, went up in flames along with all of her other belongings.
Natural Gas Caused Silver Spring Apt Explosion
Despite her injuries and losing her tuition money, Getaneh remains determined and plans to continue to pursue her education. Her friends have launched a GoFundMe page to assistance her lift the money.
"I wish to continue my life, love it used to be," she said.