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Police: Man found dead in blaze set fire, committed suicide

Monday - 6/16/2014, 7:46pm  ET

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Firefigthers blast an apartment in the 1600 block of Isherwood Street NE with water to put out hotspots on June 4. The body of Christopher Christofi was found inside the home. (WTOP File Photo/Andrew Mollenbeck)

Neighbors stunned to learn what triggered the blaze

Andrew Mollenbeck, WTOP

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WASHINGTON - Investigators say the man found dead inside a D.C. apartment on Isherwood Street intentionally set the fire that killed him.

His death has been ruled a suicide.

Firefighters found Christopher Christofi, 46 of D.C., while battling the blaze on June 4.

The fire destroyed the apartment and damaged neighboring structures in the 1600 block of Isherwood Street NE. Fire crews were called to the building after a report of an explosion.

Neighbors also described what sounded like an explosion, which could be heard from blocks away.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which ruled Christofi's death a suicide, said he died of thermal body burns and inhalation of "products of combustion."

D.C. police say it was Christofi who intentionally started the blaze.

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and on Facebook.

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