Woman sets off home explosion in suicide attempt

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A 51-year-old woman trying to take her life sustained serious burns in an explosion at her home in the 3700 block of East Keswick Dam Road.

Redding police said Monday that the woman told them she had flooded her house with natural gas before lighting a flame in an attempt to kill herself.

The blast was reported at 2:30 a.m. by numerous people in the neighborhood.

Redding Fire inspector Patrick O'Connor on Monday said he would not release the woman's name, but he said that the home sustained significant damage, with 75 percent of the structure affected by the explosion and fire.

The woman suffered severe burns, he said. She was transported to Mercy Medical Center and later transferred to the burn center at the University of California, Davis.