'Hoarding' conditions in Bethesda home where 1 dead in fatal fire

A Sunday afternoon fire kills a Bethesda man who lived on Danbury Rd. Police say they were challenged by hoarding conditions

BETHESDA, MD. (WUSA9) - One man is dead, and one man is in the hospital after a fatal house fire in Montgomery County.

The incident happened on the 5200 block of Danbury road. Montgomery County Fire and EMS arrived on the scene around 4:30 p.m. They extinguished the fire.

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Officials found a man inside the home, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

They transported a 31-year-old man to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He is expected to be recover. 

WUSA9's Bruce Leshan was the first to call 911. The home is behind on his.

Leshan said, "one of the neighbors said 'I think there might be somebody in there,' so I'm like 'oh my God' and I went to the front door, and I pushed on the front door really hard. I pushed the front door away and there was something blocking it. I understand that there's a lot of stuff inside that house."

Firefighters said there were hoarding conditions inside the home.

Bruce said he then encountered the neighbor that lived in the home, Daniel.

"He didn't have a shirt on, he's got dirt all over his body. He's obviously completely freaked out and he says 'I think he's in there, I think he's in there," Leshan said.

Leshan and others tried to help. Firefighters ended up finding the man dead in the basement. They haven't said who he is.

Neighbors can't believe all this. Leshan said he's covered many fires but this left him shaken.

"What you realize is as a reporter you go through these horrible experiences that you see people go through, but this, it hits home," Leshan said.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire. 

 

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