(PENSACOLA, Fla.) - One person is dead after an explosion at a home in Pensacola. It happened around 2 a.m. on Brookstone Way. Officials say the explosion stemmed from a fire inside the home. By the time fire crews got there and extinguished the blaze, they found 59-year-old Richard Dunigan dead inside.
The explosion was so strong that it blew debris everywhere. Pieces of glass were found across the street scattered throughout neighborhood yards. Ken Loubriel said it explosion shook him out of bed.
"I mean we felt the ground shake and my wife says 'oh my gosh, there's been an explosion,'" said Loubriel.
He took pictures with his cell phone moments after the explosion.
"We came out and saw there was a fire started inside the living room of our neighbor across the street and then the flames started getting bigger and bigger, and then it kind of proceeded out and started climbing toward the roof," said Loubriel.
County records indicate that Dunigan owns the home where the explosion took place. The State Fire Marshal confirms the victim was a resident of the home.
Carol Bundy recalled several run-ins with Dunigan.
"The only time the cops ever came to this neighborhood was when stuff was going on with him, a small little guy always well dressed. He worked at the V.A , but he just when he drank man you know 10 feet tall bullet proof," said Bundy.
Dunigan was arrested in early July for allegedly shooting up the neighborhood while drunk. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.