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Body found in fire that of resident, police say

Posted September 16, 2009

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— The body recovered Tuesday evening in the rubble of a burned house at 1005 E. Millbrook Road is that of Miguel Angel-Montez Moreno, 36, Raleigh police said.

Crews search for homeowner after fire Gas explosion sparked fatal fire

Moreno lived at the home with his wife and two children. The three of them were unharmed. 

The fire started at about 3 p.m. after a gas explosion, Assistant Fire Chief Rusty Styons said. Millbrook Road was closed to traffic for hours Tuesday as firefighters battled the blaze.

They found Moreno's body just after 8:30 p.m. under a collapsed brick wall alongside the house.

"We had a report from a neighbor that there was possibly someone trapped inside,” Styons said.

 Police said there were no indications of foul play in Moreno's death. The cause of the gas explosion was still under investigation.

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  • vote4changeASAP Sep 17, 2009

    I'm thinking of an exchangable propane container. They are not supposed to be kept inside a structure because they can explode. I had a neighbor whose out building and a car were destroyed because a container spontaneously exploded. There was also a loud boom.

    Just a guess.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 17, 2009

    "The cause of the gas explosion was still under investigation."

    Wanna bet the cause will be him working on or near the gas line, without the help of the gas company or licensed contractor?

  • rescuefan Sep 16, 2009

    How sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • loudnoises Sep 16, 2009

    Wow. I live on Millbrook. I remember all hell breaking loose with firetrucks screaming by my house (which isn't unusual). Then 2 hours later this story pops up.

  • lornadoone Sep 16, 2009

    my heart goes out to this family :( so sad...