Body pulled from rubble following Rockville House explosion

Fire Officials: One body found in Rockville house explosion (ABC7)

Crews made a grim discovery on Saturday afternoon, after hours of sifting through a pile of debris in the 11400 block of Ashley Drive.

“We found a deceased adult as well as a deceased domestic animal,” said fire Chief Scott Goldstein.

The search comes after a house exploded on Friday around 1:00 a.m.

“The victim’s body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the victim’s identity and the manner and cause of the victim’s death,” said a spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

“I can’t imagine that it would be anyone other than Steve,” said neighbor Peter Rice.

The homeowner’s name is Steve Beck, who usually keeps to himself.

“Three to five years ago, Steve became a different kind of guy….a lot more reclusive, somebody who you didn’t see as much. Sometimes we’d talk about it in the neighborhood, has anyone seen Steve,” said Rice.

Among the rubble were items Beck collected.

“All kind of stuff, cars, guns, mopeds, coins,” said Matthew Vaughn.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

“And it will take several weeks before that information is developed,” said Goldstein.

10 other homes were damaged as a result, including one which is now unlivable.

On Friday, we learned that Beck’s home was scheduled to be auctioned on Friday.

The gas was turned off inside the house in June 2015 and in December it was turned back on without Washington Gas’ permission.

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