Man Dead in Bethesda House Fire

A man died Sunday in a house fire in Bethesda, Maryland, fire officials say.

Montgomery County firefighters responded to the house fire in the 5200 block of Danbury Road after receiving a call about 4 p.m.

A man who lives inside the home was able to escape the fire and was taken to a hospital, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The man's friend was found dead in the basement of the home.

"The reports that I'm getting from firefighters that went inside the house is that, specifically in the basement, there were what they described as hoarding conditions where there was lots of boxes and materials and stuff like that piled up, which made it very difficult for them to get in and search. It also added to the fire load," Battalion Chief Daniel Ogren said.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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