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Hoover house fire ruled arson, death of Hoover man ruled a suicide

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Authorities say a Hoover man who died after an explosion at a home Sunday commited suicide Authorities say a Hoover man who died after an explosion at a home Sunday commited suicide
The Hoover Police Department says a man who was pronounced dead after what was believed to be an explosion and fire at a home over the weekend died by suicide, and the explosion a case of arson.

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Police officers and firefighters were called to the home located on Burning Tree Circle near Montgomery Highway Sunday. When they arrived on the scene, they noticed smoke coming from the home.

A bomb squad was also called in to examine the home for safety. Neighbors were evacuated until authorities determined it was safe to return.

Authorities say today that the fourth resident, who did not make it out of the home, was found in the basement of the home. Nearby was evidence of possible explosive material, and there was evidence of at least two separate, intentionally-set fires, which ignited an accelerant and caused the explosion.  

An autopsy determined that the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They believe the man started the fires before taking his own life.  

The man’s name has not been released. Officials have not given any more details about the incident.

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