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London fire being investigated as attempted murder-suicide

Dec. 3, 2013, London, Ont. - Police say a fire at a London, Ont., home is now being investigated as an attempted murder-suicide.

December 3, 2013
By The Canadian Press

Investigators say a man set fire to the side and rear doors of a home in the city's west end on Sunday, after applying accelerant to the building.

The man, who was later found dead of an apparent suicide, has been identified as the ex-husband of the woman who lived at the address and police say she's believed to have been the target.

The woman was not home at the time of the fire, but several members of her family were inside the house and managed to escape.

Police say the man fled the scene in a car and after driving a short distance, attempted to strike two of the home's occupants who were outside, then lost control of the vehicle and fled.

The ditched vehicle was later found by police who discovered a number of incendiary devices and accelerants, and police say spent fireworks were also found at the fire scene.

Officers tracked the man with a K9 unit and found him dead in the backyard of a nearby home.

The cause of death has not been released. An autopsy was to be done at London Health Sciences Centre.

London police are continuing to investigate but say there are no plans to lay criminal charges against anyone related to the incident and there are no outstanding suspects.

The man is not being identified in order to protect the identity of the woman, who police say is a victim of domestic abuse, and her family.


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