Officials identify man killed in Edgewood explosion |

Officials identify man killed in Edgewood explosion

Megan Guza
Tom Davidson | Tribune-Review
The remains of a home on Garland Street in Edgewood after an explosion and fire on Sept. 14.

Authorities on Wednesday identified a man killed in a house explosion and fire last week in Edgewood.

John Evans, 59, was found in the rubble Saturday after fire crews put out the flames at the 318 Garland St. location.

Police have said all signs point to suicide.

A neighbor saw Evans standing outside the two-story home with a gas can minutes before the explosion happened around 2:30 p.m., according to Edgewood Police Chief Robert Payne. He said Evans’ car was parked away from the house, and five apparent suicide notes were inside the car.

The explosion happened about 90 minutes before Evans’ daughter was scheduled to be married, Payne said, noting that Evans had “anger issues” and police had “encountered him” previously.

Investigators said Evans might have severed a natural gas line in his home and used gasoline to ignite the blaze.

A cause of death has not yet been released.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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