A Laytonsville propane explosion injured three people early Tuesday. Shortly before 8 a.m., the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue received reports of a blast at a historic building on 23601 Laytonsville Road. The building housed the corporate headquarters of Ruppert Landscape. Crews arrived to find the structure had collapsed after an explosion caused by a propane gas leak. One person was rescued from the basement and flown to a trauma center with life-threatening injuries. Two people outside the building were also injured. One was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, while the other declined further treatment.

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One of the building’s occupants reported a gas leak to their utility company just hours before the explosion. The fire chief told WTOP News that the building, which used a propane tank as its fuel source, will likely need to be demolished because of the damage from the explosion. Montgomery County lists the building on a historic preservation registry dating back to the 19th century.

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