Investigators: Man set fire, then fatally shot self

Published: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @ 1:57 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 5:11 PM


            Dental records needed to ID Beavercreek fire victim
Dental records needed to ID Beavercreek fire victim

UPDATE @ 5 p.m. April 16:

Preliminary investigation indicates fire victim, Thomas Dixon, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to a statement from the Beavercreek Fire Department, it appears that Dixon doused his home with an accelerant and ignited the fire before the shooting.

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The Ohio State Fire Marshal is conducting tests to determine the type of accelerant used. The official cause of death will remain pending until a coroner’s autopsy and toxicology results are complete.

There is no evidence to support that Dixon died as a result of the fire or smoke.

FIRST REPORT, April 15:

A homeowner identified as Thomas Dixon, 53, was found dead this morning after an early morning fire in Beavercreek.

Flames were through the roof around 1:30 a.m. when firefighters arrived in the 3200 block of Patsie Drive.

Firefighters entered the home and found the victim in a bedroom, according to Deputy Chief Scott Dorsten.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating, and there is no word yet on the cause of the housefire.

Dorsten said a neighbor was the first to spot the fire and call 911. The flames destroyed the home.

It is the first fatal fire in Beavercreek in three years, Dorsten said.