Body is re­cov­ered at scene of ex­plo­sion

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — An­to­nio Olivo

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.

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