Early video: Deadly Maryland house fire – reporter tries to get inside

Bruce Leshan, WUSA-TV

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This series of clips (below) showing the arrival of Montgomery County, Maryland firefighters at a house fire in the 5200 block of Danbury Road yesterday (Sunday) afternoon was shot by my friend and former WUSA-TV colleague Bruce Leshan.

Before picking up his camera, Bruce called 911 and attempted to get into the home in his neighborhood after being told someone was still inside. According to Bruce, the front door was blocked and he was unable to get too far through the basement door because of flames and smoke.

Murugi Thande, WUSA-TV:

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

Bruce 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.’

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