WESLEY CHAPEL — Detectives ruled that a fire that engulfed a mobile home and killed a woman inside was deliberately set by the woman's husband as part of a murder-suicide plot.
Cynthia Brace, 61, died in the March 3 blaze at 5916 Penny Royal Road. Her husband, 55-year-old Edward Brace, died from severe burns at a local hospital, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Witnesses told detectives the wife had been experiencing domestic issues with her husband, the Sheriff's Office said. Video evidence showed the husband bought gas cans and gasoline the morning of the fire. He was also seen walking from the mobile home to a shed after the fire started. Firefighters later found him in the shed with severe burns.
Detectives believe Edward Brace set himself on fire inside the shed after setting the mobile home ablaze. Samples from his clothing and inside the home tested positive for gasoline, according to the Sheriff's Office.