A man who blew up his house with the intent to kill himself, nearly destroying neighboring homes, was spared prison time Monday.

Bruce Morris Gann, 34, was sentenced Monday to three years probation and spared prison time for charges of arson and causing a catastrophe, both second-degree felonies.

Gann's house, near 600 East and 2200 South, exploded just after 10 p.m. on April 23, 2007, sending a fireball 50 to 60 feet into the air.

Police say Gann set the fire himself using gasoline and was seen walking out of the burning house before the explosion. Neighbors said his hair was singed and smoke was coming off his head.

The homes immediately east and west suffered heavy damage.

At the time of the explosion, Gann and his wife had separated and were going through a divorce, according to neighbors.