Body found in Thornton house explosion rubble identified as resident Gary Lee Pine

Pine's cause of death still under investigation

THORNTON, Colo. - Authorities have identified a 59-year-old man whose body was found in the rubble of a Thornton house explosion last week.

The Adams County Coroner's Office on Tuesday identified the victim as Gary Lee Pine, who lived in the home at 13072 Monroe Dr. A ruling on the man's cause and manner of death is pending further investigation, the coroner said in a news release.

The home was obliterated by the explosion that spread debris over a two block area on Thursday afternoon.

The only recognizable part of the home's remaining structure appeared to be part of a garage. Blast debris was piled atop two cars and an RV.

The siding of a neighboring home was knocked off in the blast, exposing the insulation beneath.

The body was recovered from the basement of the home Friday. Fire officials had suspected the body was Pine, who was one of three roommates at the home. Pine had lived in the home for about a decade.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation. Fire Chief John Staley said investigators believe "some type of gas" triggered the blast.

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