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Man charged after home explosion in Canon City to get psych evaluation before entering plea

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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 will undergo a psychiatric evaluation before entering a plea.

The Canon City Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/1ByrU9Y ) Mathew Christensen, who is facing charges of fourth-degree arson and felony criminal mischief, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 8.

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.


Information from: Canon City Daily Record, http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/

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