Two more victims identified in Silver Spring explosion

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. — Montgomery County officials have now positively identified two additional victims, ages 3 and 8, who were killed when an apartment building in Silver Spring exploded and subsequently caught fire.

The identification of these two additional victims brings the total of identified deceased from this explosion to five. Last Friday, investigators identified the first three victims as Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, age 53, Augusto Jimenez Sr., age 62, and Saul Paniagua, age 65.

The victims identified today were Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, age 8, and Fernando Josue Hernandez Orellana, age 3.

The Montgomery County Police Department has confirmed that there were at least seven fatalities. Two victims have not yet been identified, but investigators say they are working to. All bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy and identification.

The National Transportation Safety Board is now the organization leading the investigation into the explosion. A resident, Adrian Boya, has told Washington’s News4 that he smelled gas in the building leading up to the explosion.

“I’ve been smelling gas for weeks. I called 911, they came and told us it smelled like incense,” Boya said. “That’s pretty sad. It’s like they didn’t take us seriously.”