AMERICAN FORK — A 65-year-old man found by emergency personnel outside of his burning home died late Monday.
At this point, American Fork police and fire officials said they are treating the death of Douglas Hall as a suicide.
"That's what we're leaning toward," American Fork Police Lt. Darren Falslev said Tuesday. "(There's) nothing conclusive yet."
Hall was found with what appeared to be an apparent gunshot wound outside his home at 159 W. Main Street when firefighters responded to a fire there. American Fork Fire Chief Kriss Garcia said the cause of the fire appears to be "non-accidental."
The man did not leave behind a note or anything to explain his motivation. Garcia said the blaze caused about $80,000 in damage and killed around 20 cats living in the home.
"The house was completely involved with fire in the front and smoke throughout, which killed all the cats," he said.
Hall was found when firefighters were walking around the exterior of the home. Garcia said he had a weapon near him and that he was transported to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injury.
It appears Hall was the only person living in the home.