Police ID man found dead outside burning home

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

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The Vancouver man who apparently died by suicide after setting his home on fire Monday has been identified as Douglas A. Larsen.

Larsen, 37, worked in construction and was a resident of the home at 212 N. Lieser Road, according to Vancouver Police.

Vancouver firefighters were called to the scene early Monday morning after neighbors reported hearing an explosion.

Firefighters arrived at 2:35 a.m. to find the single-story home engulfed in flames. As they began battling the blaze, firefighters circled the exterior, where they found Larsen’s body.

Earlier this week, officials said they believed Larsen, whose identity had not been released at the time, started the fire and then died by suicide.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined Larsen died from a shotgun wound to the head.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Team and Vancouver Arson Team are continuing their investigation.

The house is owned by David Delano and has an estimated value of $50,942, with the land valued at $57,100, according to county property records. The house, which was built in 1954, was a total loss, officials said