Montgomery County Fire and Rescue are searching for a missing man after a home explosion in Rockville early Thursday morning.
Just before 1:00 a.m., a home located on 11422 Ashley Dr. in the Randolph Hills neighborhood of Rockville exploded, destroying the home. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer described it as, “complete blast explosion damage, a burning rubble pile, a very large debris field.”
Piringer said MCFRS is investigating the “cause and origin of the fire,” while authorities are searching for a missing man. So far, investigators have not been able to locate the home’s sole occupant who has not been identified yet. Piringer said MCFRS have not found anyone who has been injured.
"We are hearing many things, rumors, neighbor reports, the possibilities are being heard of and are being considered,” Piringer said.
This is the not the first house explosion in the Randolph Hills neighborhood on Ashley Drive. Two people died in May 2011, after a homeowner disconnected their dryer-gas service and didn’t cap the line.