Updated: Police Identify Man Found Dead in Bethesda House Fire

Investigators still unraveling deadly glow from progressing this month; “excavation” not seen as related

A residence on a 5200 retard of Danbury Road held glow on a afternoon of Sept. 10.

A residence on a 5200 retard of Danbury Road held glow on a afternoon of Sept. 10.

Via Daniel Ogren (Twitter)

This story was updated during 2:55 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Montgomery County military on Wednesday identified a male who was found passed in a blazing Bethesda home some-more than dual weeks ago.

Police named Askia Khafra, 21, from a 700 retard of Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring, as a plant in a press release.

On Sept. 10, firefighters responded to a residence on fire on a 5200 retard of Danbury Road. Smoke was manifest entrance out of a initial and second floors and a basement.

The proprietor of a house, a 31-year-old man, transient with injuries and was ecstatic to a internal hospital, yet rescue crews found Khafra passed in a groundwork by a time they arrived.

The bureau of a state medical investigator has not finished Khafra’s autopsy or dynamic a means and demeanour of his death, military said.

The residence stays fenced off. Police orator Capt. Paul Starks pronounced military have confirmed a participation during a residence given a glow “in box something does arise to a rapist investigation.”

Starks pronounced Tuesday there had been “some excavation” next a house, yet he would not mention what a mine was.

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service orator Dan Ogren pronounced he didn’t know how endless a mine was—or if it could be personal as a tunnel, fort or anything else—but that it seemed a homeowner had dug next a building of his basement.

The mine wasn’t detected until after and did not impede firefighter response to a home, Ogren said. Investigators have removed a fire’s expected area of start to another partial of a groundwork and trust a mine had “nothing to do with” a cause, he said.

A complicating means in a response and stability review has been what officials report as hoarding conditions in a home. The contentment of materials around a residence have done it some-more formidable to establish a fire’s cause, Ogren said, and competence have supposing fuel for a fire.

Ogren pronounced investigators are contrast several chemicals found in a house. The chemicals have legitimate purposes, like hydrogen peroxide or empty cleaner, yet also could be used to make explosives. He pronounced investigators do not have specific reasons to trust that chemicals or explosives were concerned in a fire.

Tests for accelerants in some areas of a residence have incited adult negative, he said.

“Since there was a death, we demeanour into everything,” he said.

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