- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SACO, Maine (AP) - The state fire marshal’s office say a Maine man caused the explosion and fire that claimed his life.

Investigators believe 71-year-old Stephen Laughton of Saco doused the interior and exterior of his trailer home with gasoline. He died in the inferno early Tuesday.

Robert Eclair, a neighbor, said he and his wife heard what sounded like an earthquake, followed by popping, possibly from ammunition in the home. He said he looked out and saw the trailer engulfed.

Most of the home was razed and two vehicles outside were destroyed.

Investigators cited arson as the cause of the fire, and said no one else was involved. The body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.


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