June 19, 1995 |
An explosion ripped through the home of one of the foremost collectors of early western and Mormon writings on Sunday, killing him and leveling his house. A.J. Simmonds, 52, a renowned historian at Utah State University, was apparently alone. The explosion appeared to have been caused by natural gas and authorities were investigating whether Simmonds had committed suicide, Cache County Sheriff Sid Groll said late Sunday.