UPDATED: Police Identify Resident Found in House After Explosion (VIDEOS)

UPDATED 4.20.17 3:30 p.m. Montgomery County police have identified the resident found in the Ashley Drive house following an explosion last Friday as 61-year-old Steven Beck.

According to a police news release, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined that Beck died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said a dog found near Beck also died from a gunshot wound.

The cause of the explosion, which leveled the house and damaged several nearby houses, remains under investigation.

UPDATED 4.20.17  Montgomery County police officers are conducting a death investigation following the house explosion in Rockville on March 17th.

According to a police department news release, fire investigators located human remains in the basement of the home on March 18th.

Police said the body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the person’s identity and the cause of death.

The Police Department’s Major Crimes Division continues to work with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to determine what caused the explosion.

Anyone with information about the house explosion is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.

Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Pete Piringer said there are two parallel investigations going on: the death investigation and the investigation into what caused the explosion and the fire. Piringer said investigators have removed several dumpsters of debris from the site. He said the fire department is also coordinating with the Randolph Hills Civic Association in order to organize a community meeting.

Body Recovered from Exploded Rockville Home

UPDATED 5 p.m. Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein held a news conference on March 17 to recap the investigation into the explosion that occurred overnight on Ashley Drive in Rockville. That explosion leveled one house and damaged ten other houses and nine vehicles. Goldstein said the occupant of the house where the explosion occurred remains unaccounted for.

According to Goldstein, investigators will be back at the scene on Saturday morning.

Goldstein reported that the gas to the house was turned off by Washington Gas in June of 2015. Since Dec. of 2016, Goldstein said there has been unauthorized gas use in the structure.

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UPDATED 3 p.m. As investigators work the scene, residents are waiting to find out what caused an overnight blast that leveled a house, damaged 10 other houses and nine vehicles, and was felt by residents who lived more than one mile away.

Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

UPDATED 2:30 p.m. Montgomery County fire and rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer shares the latest information, below, about an overnight house explosion and fire in Rockville. He said the cause of the explosion remains undetermined.

UPDATED 1:34 p.m. Officials are planning to hold a 4 p.m. news conference to discuss the latest information in the investigation.

ORIGINAL A Rockville resident is unaccounted for after a house explosion and fire overnight in the Randolph Hills neighborhood in Rockville, according to a Montgomery County fire official.

Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Pete Piringer said the explosion happened shortly before 1 a.m. on Ashley Drive near Grayling Lane.

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According to Piringer, when firefighters arrived at the scene the house was leveled and debris was scattered throughout the neighborhood. He said approximately a dozen nearby homes were damaged by the blast.

Piringer said firefighters extinguished the blaze within 20 minutes.

So what happened to cause the explosion?

Piringer said the cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

Update:

Body Recovered from Exploded Rockville Home

Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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