Explosion kills Homer man, appliance is suspected source

    Homer, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say a 68-year-old Homer man died in an explosion inside a home northeast of the Kenai Peninsula city.

    Gary Thomas died in the explosion Tuesday night.

    Trooper spokesman Ken Marsh says an unspecified home appliance may have been the source.

    The state fire marshal is conducting an investigation to determine the source and cause of the explosion.

    Thomas' wife had reported him overdue and the Homer Police Department and Thomas' friends launched a search.

    Searchers traced Thomas' phone to the home and a friend spotted Thomas' vehicle outside. A Homer police officer entered and found Thomas' body.

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