Suicide Attempt Eyed in NY Building Blast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Could this morning's explosion that demolished a Manhattan building have been part of a suicide bid? Investigators
say they're looking into that.

New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tells local T-V stations the suicide angle is being checked out. Scoppetta says there was reportedly a phone call from inside the building, before it blew up.

And a police official tells The Associated Press that the wife of a doctor who lived in the building recently got an e-mail indicating the man was considering suicide. Her lawyer then contacted police.

The doctor was trapped in the rubble for a time before firefighters dug him out. At least nine others were also hurt, including passers-by and firefighters.

Scoppetta says natural gas apparently caused the explosion.


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