Gaithersburg Explosion Believed to Have Been Caused by Person Who Died by Suicide

by Patrick Herron

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones and Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein held a press conference on Friday to give an update on the Quince Orchard Blvd condo fire and explosion that occurred on Wednesday, November 16.  It was announced that the body of the deceased recovered from the wreckage on Thursday had been positively identified as 36-year-old Juan Pablo Marshall Quizon. The manner of death is being ruled a suicide and the cause of death was smoke inhalation and burns.

A suicide note was found was found at the scene and it is known for a fact that Quizon had recently made statements that were indicative of suicide. Authorities said they had no information to believe that Quizon intended for others to be injured or harmed in the incident and if he were still alive, he would have been found culpable.  Quizon had purchased Unit 102 at 826 Quince Orchard Blvd in August of this year. Specific details on how exactly the fire/explosion started have not yet been released.

Other notes from the briefing:
-K9 operations on site today provided alerts to accelerants found in debris.
-Residents were allowed back in the buildings with MCFRS escort to collect essential personal belongings.
-All persons injured on Wednesday have been released from the hospital.
-47 residents registered with HHS as being displaced, 10 of which are children.
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You can watch the full press conference on the Montgomery County Police Department’s Facebook page.


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1 comment

clark day November 19, 2022 - 10:29 am

I wonder how the medical examiner determined it was a suicide unless the authorities tipped him/her off. That would not seem like the right thing to do to me.


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