Home explosion that killed man may have been a suicide: Tomball PD

TOMBALL, Texas – Authorities said a home explosion in Tomball Wednesday may have been a suicide.

Tomball police said the Tomball Fire Department responded to the explosion in the 200 block of Vernon Street around 11:15 p.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters said they found a home fully engulfed in flames. First responders were able to put the blaze out.

According to police, a man that was in the home during the explosion was unaccounted for. Authorities said they recovered a body during their search of what was left of the home.

Investigators said the explosion appears to be a suicide involving the ignition of the blast using a combination of flammable liquid and natural gas. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing, and the man has not yet been identified yet.

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Posted by Tomball Police Department on Thursday, December 10, 2020

Public Works Utility crews have conducted an inspection and determined that the natural gas system is in working order and there is no danger to the public. According to the Tomball Police Chief, the preliminary investigation leads them to believe this may be a suicide.

Andrew Fuller told KPRC 2 that he called 911 after he heard the explosion.

“I haven’t ever seen anything like this, especially with the explosion. The house went up very very quick,” Fuller said.

Bonnie Navarro said that the blast was so strong that it broke one of the windows at her home.

“It was intense,” said Navarro. “When we looked outside it was nothing but fire.”


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