Southwest Florida house explosion appears to be suicide


SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a southwest Florida home explosion that left one man dead appears to be a suicide.

The state fire marshal's office reported Thursday that a "gas vapor explosion" destroyed the three-bedroom Sarasota house in February. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, investigators found the body of 46-year-old Erick Szakacs.

Officials believe the explosion originated from the house's garage, where Szakacs had been sitting in a pickup truck. The blast actually blew the roof off the house and the garage door across the street into a neighbor's yard.

Szakacs' attorney told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune ( ) that his client had pleaded no contest to a November DUI charge just nine days before his death.

Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune,

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