Update: Silver Spring Apartment Fire Death Investigation – A Seventh Victim Located Deceased; Search and Recovery Efforts Continue Tomorrow

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) continues its death investigation following a fatal fire that occurred at apartment buildings in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring on the night of Wednesday, August 10.  The Police Department is confirming that today, Tuesday, August 16, personnel located a seventh body within a building.

Police investigators have not yet identified the seven victims.  The bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy and possible identification.

The joint investigation between the MCPD, the Department of Fire and Rescue Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is ongoing and the possible cause/causes of this fire is still under investigation.  Search and recovery efforts will continue tomorrow.

Update: Silver Spring Apartment Fire Death Investigation – A Sixth Victim Located Deceased; Missing Person Ochoa Located Safe and Unharmed

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) continues its death investigation following a fatal fire that occurred at apartment buildings in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring on the night of Wednesday, August 10.  The Police Department is confirming that today, Monday, August 15, personnel located a sixth body within a building.

Police investigators have not yet identified the six victims.  The bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy and possible identification.

During this investigation, police detectives received information regarding eight people who were believed to be in one of the involved apartment buildings at the time of the fire and were unaccounted for after the fire occurred.  Investigators collected lease information from property management.  They also spoke to family and/or friends of the missing individuals with the exception of missing person, Oscar Armando Ochoa; detectives had not been able to confirm that he was in the apartment building at the time of the fire.  Today, detectives were able to locate Oscar Armando Ochoa and confirm in person that he is unharmed.  In speaking with Ochoa, investigators learned that Ochoa had moved from the apartments and was not at the apartments at the time of the fire.  Lease information had not been updated to reflect this move.

The joint investigation between the MCPD, the Department of Fire and Rescue Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is ongoing and the possible cause/causes of this fire are still under investigation.  Search and recovery efforts continue.

RLI

Update: Silver Spring Apartment Fire Death Investigation – A Fifth Victim Located Deceased; Search and Recovery Efforts Continue Tomorrow

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) continues its death investigation following a fatal fire that occurred at apartment buildings in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring on the night of Wednesday, August 10.  The Police Department is confirming that this afternoon, Sunday, August 14, personnel located a fifth body within a building.

Police investigators have not yet identified the five victims.  The bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy and possible identification.

The joint investigation between the MCPD, the Department of Fire and Rescue Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is ongoing and the possible cause/causes of this fire are still under investigation.  Search and recovery efforts will continue tomorrow.

RLI

Update: Silver Spring Apartment Fire Death Investigation – A Fourth Victim Located Deceased; Information on the Missing

UPDATE: August 16, 2016: Silver Spring Apartment Fire Death Investigation – A Seventh Victim Located Deceased; Missing Person Ochoa Located Safe and Unharmed

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) continues its death investigation following a fatal fire that occurred at apartment buildings in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring on the night of Wednesday, August 10.  On Thursday, August 11, public safety personnel located the bodies of two individuals within an apartment building.  On Friday, August 12, personnel located a third body within an apartment building.  The Police Department is now confirming that yesterday afternoon, Saturday, August 13, personnel located a fourth body within a building.

Police investigators have not yet identified these four victims.  The bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy and possible identification.

Police detectives have received information regarding eight people who were believed to be in one of the involved apartment buildings at the time of the fire and are unaccounted for at this time.  (It should be noted that the four recovered bodies are believed to be included within the eight people unaccounted for.  However, investigators cannot dismiss the possibility of additional unknown victims).  Investigators have collected information from family and/or friends of the missing individuals with the exception of missing person, Oscar Armando Ochoa; detectives have not been able to confirm that he was in the apartment building at the time of the fire.

The Department is releasing the names, ages, and photographs of the missing individuals and is asking that if anyone has information that an individual named below is unharmed or can provide information on the person’s possible whereabouts, to please immediately call Montgomery County’s 311 telephone line (240-777-0311 if outside of the County) or the police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.

Missing Individuals from Fire:

  1. Saeda Ibrahim, age 41
  2. Augusto Jimenez Sr., age 62
  3. Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, age 53
  4. Aseged Mekonen, age 34
  5. Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, age 8
  6. Oscar Armando Ochoa, age 55 – NOTE: No photo available
  7. Fernando Josue Hernandez Orellana, age 3
  8. Saul Paniagua, age 65

(Click on individual photographs to enlarge)

The joint investigation between the MCPD, the Department of Fire and Rescue Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is ongoing and the possible cause/causes of this fire are still under investigation.  Search and recovery efforts continue today.

RLI

Fuego en los Apartamentos en Silver Spring – Se encuentra el cuerpo de una cuarta víctima; y más información sobre las personas desaparecidas

Publicado el 08/14/2016

El Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery (DPCM) continúa su investigación después de un fatal incendio que se produjo en un edificio de apartamentos en el bloque de la calle Arliss 8700 en Silver Spring en la noche del miércoles 10 de agosto. El jueves, 11 de agosto personal de seguridad pública localizaron los cadáveres de dos personas dentro de uno de los edificios. El viernes, 12 de agosto el personal localizado un tercer cuerpo dentro. El Departamento de Policía está confirmando que ayer, sábado 13 de agosto un cuarto cuerpo se localizó dentro de un edificio.

Investigadores de la policía aún no han identificado estas cuatro víctimas. Los cuerpos han sido transportados a la Oficina del Médico Forense en Baltimore para la identificación y autopsia.

Detectives de la policía han recibido información relacionada a ocho personas que es posible estaban en uno de los edificios de apartamentos en el momento del incendio y todavía no se han encontrado. (Cabe señalar que los cuatro cuerpos recuperados se incluyen dentro de las ocho personas desaparecidas). Los investigadores han recopilado información de la familia y / o amigos de las personas desaparecidas con la excepción de Oscar Armando Ochoa. Los detectives no han podido confirmar que se encontraba en el edificio de apartamentos en el momento del incendio.

El Departamento está compartiendo los nombres, edades, y las fotografías de las personas desaparecidas y está pidiendo que si alguien tiene información de que estas personas todavía están con nosotros, por favor comparta la información sobre el posible paradero de la persona llamando inmediatamente a la línea telefónica 311 del Condado de Montgomery (240-777-0311 si se encuentra fuera del Condado) o la línea de la policía en 301-279-8000. (Puede llamar y mantenerse anónimo. NO es necesario dar su nombre.)

Las personas que buscamos son:

  1. Saeda Ibrahim, de 41 años
  2. Augusto Jiménez Sr., de 62 años
  3. María Auxiliadorai Castellón-Martínez, de 53 años de edad
  4. Aseged Mekonen, de 34 años de edad
  5. Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, de 8 años
  6. Oscar Armando Ochoa, de 55 años de edad – NOTA: No se han disponibles
  7. Fernando Josue Hernández Orellana, de 3 años
  8. Saúl Paniagua, de 65 años de edad

Update: Silver Spring Apartment Fire Death Investigation; A Third Victim Located Deceased

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) continues its death investigation following a fatal fire that occurred at apartment buildings in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring on the night of August 10.  Yesterday, public safety personnel located the bodies of two individuals within an apartment building.  Late this afternoon, personnel located a third body within an apartment building.

Police investigators have not yet identified these three victims.  The bodies been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy and possible identification.

The joint investigation between the MCPD, the Department of Fire and Rescue Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is ongoing and the possible cause/causes of this fire are still under investigation.  Search and recovery efforts will resume tomorrow morning.

RLI