SALT LAKE CITY — The man who was found dead during a Saturday morning structure fire in Salt Lake City may have started the fire intentionally, police said.
Firefighters responded to a house fire at 1330 S. 1100 East Saturday before 8 a.m. and discovered a body inside. They notified police and an investigation ensued.
Police now believe the man died by suicide and started the fire. During their investigation, they found and removed a grenade from the home.
The man was identified Monday as 56-year-old Mark Hoggan, police said. Authorities previously said he was in his 60s, but clarified Monday that he was 56.
The home was used as an accounting business, and Hoggan was renting the basement apartment. The business owner told KSL's Alex Cabrero that Hoggan was kind but kept mostly to himself.
Active structure fire 1330 south 1100 east. 1 deceased individual found. Cause of death and fire under investigation. PIO on scene, media staging 1100 East Sherman Ave. (1349 south). pic.twitter.com/Ba0EZtog2m— Salt Lake City Fire Department (@slcfire) November 2, 2019
Police do not yet know why Hoggan may have attempted to burn the house.
Contributing: Alex Cabrero, KSL TV; Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com
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