Hoover Police: Explosion result of arson, suicide

Hoover police say Sunday's loud, violent explosion on Burning Tree Circle was the result of an arson, suicide.

Authorities say a man inside the house started a fire and then shot himself. The fire then ignited an accelerant that caused the explosion.{}

"There's never really anything going on like this," said John Wise, who lives in the neighborhood.

A roommate spoke with ABC 33/40 photojournalist Justin McCray off camera about the situation. He explained that the deceased roommate was recently evicted from the house. He didn't specify why.

The Jefferson County Medical Examiner's office will release the name of the man once he is positively identified. No one else was hurt in blast.