A man whose body was found in a burning house in Nevada last Thursday morning died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.
Firefighters found the house, at 875 West N Ave., engulfed in flames when they arrived at about 3:20 a.m. after a neighbor reporting seeing the flames. Inside the house they found the body of 36-year-old Adam William Blazek.
Blazek is married and has children, but was alone in the house at the time, according to a news release issued by the Nevada Department of Public Safety.
The house sustained extensive damage as a result of the fire.
Ric Martinez, director of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, called the fire suspicious earlier in the day and said Blazek’s body was taken to the state medical examiners for an autopsy. Later in the afternoon, it was revealed Blazek had committed suicide.
Blazek and a woman named Dena Jean Blazek purchased the house in April 2011, according to county property records.
A neighbor said Blazek had a wife and two young children. The neighbor, who did not want to be named, said he didn’t see Blazek interact with people around the neighborhood too often.
"He seemed like a really nice guy, but he kept to himself," the neighbor said. "(Our interaction) was never more than a wave and saying hello."
A man walking around the yard of the house Thursday morning said he was family to Blazek, but he declined to give his name or comment. At one point, he was met by a firefighter who handed him several rifles recovered from the house.
The news release did not state how the fire started or how it related to Blazek’s death. Telephone messages left late Thursday afternoon for Martinez were not immediately returned. Nevada Fire Chief Ray Reynolds referred all questions to Martinez.
Throughout the day people drove by in cars and slowed down to look at the house. Charring could be seen inside the house, beyond broken windows and doors, and a swingset stood in the backyard.
Martinez said in an interview earlier in the day that a deadly fire leaves a small town such as Nevada, with a population of just under 7,000, shaken.
"When you’re in a small town like this, a lot of people know everybody; if they’re not close friends they’re familiar with them. Anytime you have a fatality, that’s going to affect people," Martinez said. "(Blazek) has a family now that is extremely disrupted, and people are upset. It’s a serious loss that takes place."
Responding to a deadly fire can be difficult for firefighters, especially younger ones, to process, Martinez said.
"No firefighter wants a fatality in the community; they don’t want loss of life whatsoever, whether it’s a man with a family or a family pet," Martinez said. "These sort of things upset people differently. Some people can handle it because of experience, and others aren’t necessarily able to deal with that."