Cañon City police have confirmed the cause of an explosion that destroyed a home and sent a man to the hospital with burns.

The explosion happened at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday (9/4/14) in the 1500 block of Woodlawn Ave.

Matthew Christensen, 32, was airlifted to the burn center at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver following the blast.

Police confirmed Wednesday (9/10/14) that this was a natural gas explosion and that it happened as Christensen was trying to commit suicide.

No one else was hurt in the explosion, but everyone living within two blocks of the home was evacuated.