State police say an explosion involving flammable liquids may be to blame for a fire that claimed the life of a St. Lawrence County man.
Troopers said 68 year old Daniel Leafe had attempted to start a fire in a wood stove at his home at 121 County Route 41 in the town of Louisville Saturday afternoon.
According to a preliminary investigation, Leafe possibly used flammable liquids to start the fire inside the wood stove which then caused an explosion.
Police said he suffered burns to 40 percent of his body. Leafe died Wednesday evening at Upstate University Hospital.
The incident, which happened in Leafe's garage, has been described by fire officials as "mysterious."
Louisville Fire Chief Jeffrey Vice told 7 News there was a wood stove in the garage, but no evidence of a fire - only ashes on the floor of the garage.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation by St. Lawrence County Fire and New York State Police.