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A Pennsylvania man who apparently committed suicide at his daughter’s wedding day, by the side of his suburban Pittsburgh home, authorities said.
Neighbors told police that they saw the homeowner standing in the front of his house in Edgewood shortly before an explosion went off in the house, and in the light of the fire, and, ultimately, the destruction of the structure.
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“The house just collapsed into a big movement with a lot of noise,” neighbor Dann Laudermilch, 35, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “At that time, it was completely up in flames. It went up in flames very quickly. I thought it would take longer to burn, but it was like a minute and a half and it was great.”
“The house just collapsed into a big movement with a lot of noise. At that time, it was completely up in flames. It went up in flames very quickly.”
Dann Laudermilch, a neighbor
Police and fire units responded about 2:30 p.m. looking at the man in the car, and the mobile phone is in the front. Hours and hours passed before a crew using heavy equipment found the man’s body at around 8 a.m., Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV reported.
The death was ruled a suicide, and the man’s name has not been released. The family members were away from the house at the time, to attend the daughter’s wedding day, officials said. It was unclear who lived in the house with the man. No additional deaths have been reported.
In addition to Laudermilch, and other neighbors described the feeling of being in their own homes shake during the explosion, causing them to have to go outside to find out what had happened.
“We came out to see what was going on, and the house was up in flames, still stood, but the flames,” neighbor Donna Antolovich, told the Post-Gazette. “In three to five minutes before the house blew up, and the owner was standing right in front of it. After that, no one could find him.”
The cause of the blast remained in the study, but Edgewood police chief Robert Payne said it appeared the man may have been able to make the connection to the gas train itself is in the basement of the house, and, of course, it’s not much, but a tiny spark to explode in the house after that.”
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The police said that they would go to the house before for domestic issues related to mental illness. A house next door, which was damaged by the fire, it had recently been sold, and officials say the family was planning to move in soon.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.