Man Dead in Dania Beach Home Fire

A man was killed in a house fire in Dania Beach on Wednesday.

Friends identified the man as Tad Vaughn, and authorities said they believe he killed himself.

“I was standing in front of his house before the fire department got here,” neighbor Gloria Lawson said. “I had no idea there was such danger, imminent danger.”

Outside the front and back doors, numerous propane tanks were found. If Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue didn’t respond as fast as it did, there could have been multiple explosions, authorities said.

“It would be a very catastrophic event,” said neighbor and firefighter Bob Carpenter. “There would be shrapnel. There would be flying metal from the container failing itself. The fire ball would be substantial.”

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