Body is recovered at scene of explosion
Montgomery County rescue workers on Saturday pulled a dead man from the rubble of a North Bethesda house that exploded the day before, officials said. Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said the man was found about noon inside the basement area.
Goldstein said officials do not yet know whether the victim is the same person believed to be occupying the home in the 11400 block of Ashley Drive before it erupted into flames early Friday, sending debris flying as far as 600 yards and damaging nearby homes and cars.
Officials also don’t know if the explosion was intentional or caused by a faulty appliance.
Officials have said that Washington Gas turned the home’s gas off in June 2015. But in December 2016, the utility noticed unauthorized use of gas there, Goldstein and Washington Gas officials said.
“We have not ruled out gastapping,” Goldstein said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.