Bitseat beats the inferno

Bitseat Getaneh, left, was burned over 17 percent of her body in a fire. Sara Mussie, from Impact Silver Spring, has been helping her get back on track.

On Aug. 10, 2016, at about midnight, a massive boom was heard near the intersection of Flower Avenue and Piney Branch Road. A gas leak at the Flower Branch apartments caused a massive explosion and fire. Seven residents died in the inferno, including the temporary guardians of a 16-year-old exchange student who had just arrived that very day from Ethiopia. Senior Editor Eric Bond interviews with Bitseat Getaneh, along with neighbor extraordinaire Sara Mussie.

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Here is a link to Bitseat’s GoFundMe page to help her get her life back on track: