Officials: Fatal Port Washington blast and fire was intentional

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (PIX11/AP) -  Sources confirm to PIX11, local Port Washington Police made practically regular stops here to 10 Prospect Avenue, domestic incidents and calls against Mike MacNeill, who lived at the home with his wife and toddler, occurring on more than one occasion.

Tuesday evening, MacNeill's body was found inside the leveled two story, three car garage house after numerous explosions and a massive fire.

Law enforcement sources told PIX11 all of this destruction was very likely intentional.

Homes and businesses several blocks away shook from the explosions.

Investigators say a 911 call to police indicated there was a strong smell of gasoline.

By the time officers arrived, MacNeill's wife and child were outside, but as officers made it up this driveway, the home exploded.

A home on adjacent Second Avenue is now just a skeletal structure.. The elderly woman inside miraculously made it out safely.

MacNeill's wife returned to her home Wednesday afternoon with loved ones to collect some belongings,  but covered her face and said nothing to reporters outside.

On her husband's Facebook page, an eery post from December 2013 shows an image of propane and gas. MacNeill captioned the photo, "If you're gonna go out with a bang, might as well do it with 25 gallons of gas and 40 pounds of propane."


1 Comment

  • beantown girl

    if your going to post a story get it right- if you actually read that post in Dec you would realize it was due to the storms and filling up his multiple cars and propane tank since he grilled all yr long- so sick of media getting everything wrong and twisting stories!!

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