Police: Hartford man set house on fire, committed suicide

Posted April 03, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
Last modified April 03, 2014, at 9:39 p.m.

HARTFORD, Maine — The state fire marshal’s office said a local man set his house on fire Thursday and then committed suicide, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

McCausland said the state fire marshal’s office reported the body of Daniel Stasulis, 57, was found on the ground outside the home near the Canton town line.

A passerby reported the blaze at the small, ranch-style home at 828 Church St. around noon.

Fire investigators said Stasulis poured a flammable liquid throughout the house and then set it on fire. After the fire started, Stasulis reportedly used a rope to hang himself from an outside deck.

Investigators have found no note to explain his actions.

Two years ago, Stasulis led police on a low-speed chase through Falmouth, Yarmouth and North Yarmouth in his pickup truck, McCausland stated.

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