Fire Officials: Status of occupant unknown after Md. 'catastrophic' house explosion, fire

Fire Officials: Status of occupant unknown after Maryland house explosion, fire. (Photo courtesy of MCFRS)

The status of an occupant remains unknown after a Rockville house explosion and fire that was felt miles away early Friday morning, authorities said.

Officials said Saturday that one body was found at the scene of the explosion.

Officials report it only took seconds to "completely level" the house.

The massive explosion was captured on surveillance video from a nearby house. Click here to watch it.


Pete Piringer, a spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, called the damage sustained "catastrophic."

"It sounded like a bomb went off. We came running out, and my neighbors across the street were yelling," neighbor Eric Fitzgerald said.

Investigators also removed weapons from the rubble at the scene of the explosion.

The explosion also damaged "many" of the neighboring homes, leaving several people displaced, but none injured, Piringer tweeted.

The home closest to the explosion was condemned after significant structural damage. Neighbors say twin boys were sleeping inside that house when the explosion occurred and were covered in glass but survive without as much as a scratch.

Furthermore, several of the neighboring homes' windows were completely shattered by the explosion.

Officials say the house was recently foreclosed and was due to be auctioned off Friday afternoon - the same day the explosion took place.

The fire was reported shortly after midnight and occurred at 11400 Ashley Drive. Piringer says it took firefighters 20 minutes to contain.

This is a developing story and will be updated as details become available.

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