HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Authorities in Nevada say a 63-year-old man died after being pulled from a basement crawl space where he ignited a house fire with a torch he was using to exterminate bugs.
The Clark County coroner on Tuesday identified the dead man as Jeff Long of Henderson.
Henderson city spokeswoman Kathleen Richards says a woman and a dog escaped unharmed and firefighters quickly doused the fire after arriving a little after 6 p.m. Monday to find light smoke at the one-story house.
Investigators determined that Long ignited unspecified combustible materials with the propane torch in the crawl space.
Damage to the home was estimated at about $60,000.