- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) - A man accused of sparking a natural gas explosion at his Canon City home in an attempt to kill himself has pleaded guilty.

The Canon City Daily Record reported Wednesday (https://goo.gl/F1JTXJ ) that Mathew Christensen pleaded guilty to fourth-degree arson, a felony, and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 16.

Investigators say the Sept. 4 explosion threw Christensen into the backyard. The house was destroyed, but the man escaped with non-life-threatening burns.

Nearby homes and vehicles were damaged, and insulation and debris from the exploded home was strewn across the neighborhood and in nearby streets.

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Information from: Canon City Daily Record, https://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/

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