One dead in Bethesda house fire

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BETHESDA, Md. --Around 4:20 Sunday afternoon, a deadly fire broke out at a home in the 5200 block of Danbury Road.
According to Montgomery County Fire officials, two young men were inside. One was a 31-year-old who was able to escape and alert firefighters of his friend trapped inside.

“They were able to extinguish the fire relatively rapidly and they located the missing individual in the basement of the home. Unfortunately, the individual was deceased at the time.”, said Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief, Dan Ogren.

Fire officials described hoarding conditions in the home, which may have made the fire more difficult to manage.

“lots of boxes and materials piled up, which made it very difficult for them to get in and search. It also added to the fire load.”, said Chief Ogren.

Fire officials say the man who escaped was taken to Washington Hospital Center, but is expected to be ok.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue is still investigating a cause of the fire.

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