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UPDATE: Local authorities rule death of man found in house explosion site a suicide

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Rockville house explosion 1Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service responded Friday to a home explosion on Ashley Drive in Rockville. The bodies of a man and a dog were found Saturday. FILE PHOTO

ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Fire chief said investigators from Montgomery County Police, Fire and Rescue, and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms Bureau continue to investigate the cause of Friday’s house explosion where investigators found the remains of a man and his dog. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the man’s death a suicide.

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Man missing after home explosion in Rockville

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Rockville house explosion 2Units from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded to a home explosion on Ashley Drive in Rockville. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

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.”

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Apartment Fire Kills Seven

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More than 100 displaced and 34 injured following an explosion in Silver Spring

Silver Spring fire 8-11-16Firemen battle a blaze in Silver Spring following an explosion that claimed seven lives and injured 34 others. PHOTO BY JIM DAVIS  

SILVER SPRING -- Seven people are dead after a fire burned down part of an apartment complex just before midnight Aug. 10, injuring 34 people and displacing about 100 people.

Police said seven of the Flower Branch Apartments’ residents were still missing as of Aug. 16: Saeda Ibrahim, 41; Augusto Jimenez Sr., 62; Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, 53; Aseged Mekonen, 34; Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, 8; Fernando Josue Hernandez Orellana, 3; and Saul Paniagua, 65.

Police found one of the people they originally thought was missing: Oscar Armando Ochoa, 55, who no longer lived there.

“If you know this community, you know this is a community that has a lot of challenges on a good day,” said Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker (D-5). “(There are) people that don't have a whole lot materially for all the hard work that they put into our county.

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