Attorney: Man charged after home explosion in Canon City close to reaching plea deal


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CANON CITY, Colorado — A man accused of sparking a natural gas explosion at his Canon City home in an attempt to commit suicide is close to reaching a plea deal.

The Canon City Daily Record reports ( ) Mathew Christensen's attorney made the announcement in District Court on Wednesday. Christensen is scheduled to appear in court again for a status conference Jan. 28.

Investigators say the Sept. 4 explosion, which was caused by a natural gas detonation, threw Christensen into the backyard. The house was destroyed, but the man escaped with non-life-threatening burns.

Nearby homes and vehicles were damaged, and insulation and debris from the exploded home was strewn across the neighborhood and in nearby streets.

Christensen is facing charges of fourth-degree arson and felony criminal mischief.

Information from: Canon City Daily Record,

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