(Updated at 4:46 p.m.) ROCKVILLE, MD — A resident is missing from a Rockville home that exploded early Friday, and a cadaver search dog is on the scene of the Randolph Hills fire, say Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services officials. Utilities were reportedly turned off to the house, which was in foreclosure and about to be sold, according to media reports.
The house on Ashley Drive near Grayling Lane exploded and burned shortly before 1 a.m., said fire department spokesman Pete Piringer. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the house at 11422 Ashley Drive was destroyed and debris was scattered throughout the neighborhood. About a dozen nearby homes were damaged by the blast.
The status of the home’s resident remains unknown, fire officials said late Friday afternoon. In all, ten homes and nine vehicles were damaged by the blast and flying debris. One home is now unsafe to occupy and the family has been displaced.
WTOP reports the home was in foreclosure and was supposed to be sold at auction on Friday afternoon, according to an auction listing on RealtyTrac.com.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have joined the investigation.
Within 20 minutes, Montgomery County firefighters extinguished the blaze. Investigators are now at the scene to determine the cause of the explosion.
Officials have not released the name of the missing resident.
No other injuries were reported by neighbors or firefighters.
»Video and photos courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services
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