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.
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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