Florissant Man Dies in Home Explosion He May Have Caused (Fox 2 Video)
The home exploded around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Police now believe the man could have started the fire himself. Plus: what one neighbor told Patch the suicide note said.
Updated 12:14 a.m. to include information from neighbors, including what the suicide note allegedly said.
One man is dead as the result of a house explosion he might’ve caused himself, Fox 2 reports. Firefighters found the body of 52-year-old Kirk Sayles as they put out a fire at 22 Flowerdige Ln.
A suicide note was also discovered in Sayles’ vehicle.
Just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, neighbors reported hearing explosions at the home. They told Fox 2 that Sayles typically kept to himself, and that the explosion shook their homes.
"My daughter and I heard it at around 2 or 3 this morning," Theresa Ross posted on Florissant Patch's Facebook page. "We thought it was a big firework or a transformer blowing."
Vicki Reasons posted that she heard the explosion and wondered what it was.
"I used to live on Floweridge," she added. "Thats scary. Thoughts go out to all affected."
Laurie Tenshler said police were probably still investigating, so we might not know anything for awhile, but that the situation was very sad.
Ross noted that the street has a lot of kids on it, and that the suicide note was very brief.
"The man theft a suicide note in his car for his brother that said 'I'm done with life,'" Ross said. "That's all it said."
“When we arrived on the scene we had a structure fully involved,” Deputy Chief Scott Seppelt, Floirssant Valley Fire Protection District told Fox 2.
A natural gas leak caused by the explosion meant that firefighters had to use extra caution, but Fox 2 reports that they had the fire under control within a half hour or so. Still, it took hours to completely put the fire out.
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