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Pasco mobile home fire that killed couple ruled murder-suicide, detectives say

Detectives ruled that a fire that engulfed a mobile home in the 5900 block of Penny Royal Road in Wesley Chapel and killed a woman inside was deliberately set by the woman's husband as part of a murder-suicide plot. [Pasco County Fire Rescue]
Detectives ruled that a fire that engulfed a mobile home in the 5900 block of Penny Royal Road in Wesley Chapel and killed a woman inside was deliberately set by the woman's husband as part of a murder-suicide plot. [Pasco County Fire Rescue]
Published Apr. 11, 2019

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.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Neighbors heard explosions. A woman and her dog died in the fire, Pasco firefighters say.

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.

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