Firefighters battled an aggressive fire burning through a home in the 3500 block of Euclid Avenue Thursday.
Reports that a man in his 70s was found dead at the scene were eventually confirmed by police Thursday evening, with the cause of death determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Additional reports that an explosive device, specifically a hand grenade of undetermined type, was also found at the residence could not be confirmed though numerous witnesses said an explosives ordnance team was on hand during the overhaul.
A ConFire spokesperson said in a release posted to social media that the fire was intentionally set, with investigators determining that several fires were set at different points within the home.
Neighbors said the house’s occupant was 76, suffering from dementia, and had been evicted from the residence after it was sold but had refused to move.
The fire was initially reported at 5:45 p.m., going to a second alarm minutes later.