Police Investigate Death of Man Whose Body Was Found After Fire in Germantown Townhouse

Firefighters make discovery after clearing house for entry; no foul play suspected

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via Pete Piringer

Montgomery County detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a Germantown townhouse Wednesday by firefighters who had responded to a report of smoke coming from the home.

On Thursday, Montgomery County police identified the man as 69-year-old Richard Michael Bauer and said foul play was not suspected in his death.

At 12:02 p.m. Wednesday, county firefighters responded to the 19200 block of Cross Ridge Drive in Germantown after receiving the report of smoke, possibly called in by a neighbor, authorities said.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Pete Piringer tweeted Wednesday that a fire in the kitchen had been extinguished by a sprinkler and that the likely cause was a “combustible too close to heat source (stove)” and “hoarding conditions.”

After the house was cleared for entry, firefighters “entered the residence and located an adult male deceased in the home,” police said Thursday in a press release.

Firefighters reported to police that the body was found in the kitchen area, according to police spokesperson Officer Rick Goodale.

Results of an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore are pending, police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the house fire or the death to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

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