Body found among debris in Maryland apartment explosion; criminal investigation launched

A physique was found in debris at a Gaithersburg, Maryland, apartment advanced sooner or later after an explosion injured 12 individuals, officers mentioned. Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones mentioned Thursday night they’re launching a criminal investigation into the blast.

“We have some information, again it’s very limited,” Jones mentioned throughout a press convention. “But we are looking into the possibility of this as a criminal, intentional act. We don’t know that for sure. We have a lot of work to do. We are lacking a lot of other evidence.”

Fire officers mentioned they had been in the center of excavating the constructing Thursday morning when a Okay-9 unit alerted them to a pile in entrance of constructing. The physique, which has not but been recognized, was taken to the medical expert’s office in Baltimore, Jones mentioned.

GAITHERSBURG, MD - NOVEMBER 16: An aerial view of an apartment
An aerial view of an apartment advanced the place a hearth and attainable explosion occurred on Nov. 16, 2022, in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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One day earlier, first responders acquired stories of an explosion on the apartment advanced at 8:30 a.m. Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein mentioned two of the advanced’s six-unit buildings, 826 and 828, had been affected by the explosion, and two others had been evacuated.

At least 12 individuals, together with 4 kids, had been injured. Two of the adults injured had been in vital situation, Goldstein mentioned Wednesday.

All of the occupants of constructing 828 have been accounted for, Goldstein mentioned Thursday afternoon, however crews will proceed to look by the debris.

Firefighters on the scene of a hearth brought on by an explosion at a Gaithersburg, Maryland, apartment constructing on Nov. 16, 2022.

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“We have parts of the building that we still need to search through, parts of the building that we need to still remove debris and work to verify that there are no other unaccounted for occupants,” he mentioned.

Fire personnel additionally checked the encompassing buildings and did not discover any fuel leaks, Goldstein mentioned, including that fireplace crews had responded to a name Thursday a few fuel emergency in the advanced, nevertheless it was coming from an equipment not linked to the fuel distribution system. He assured residents they should not fear about their security. 

Officials plan to carry one other briefing on the explosion Friday.

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