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Port Washington Explosion Victim Identified As Husband Who Had Been Unaccounted For

Fire investigators believe the fire that damaged this Port Washington home may have been deliberately set. (Credit: WCBS 880/Marla Diamond)

Fire investigators believe the fire that damaged this Port Washington home may have been deliberately set. (Credit: WCBS 880/Marla Diamond)

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police have confirmed that the man found dead in an explosion in a Port Washington, Long Island garage last week was a resident who had been unaccounted for.

Nassau County police said Wednesday that the man killed in the Aug. 5 blast on Prospect Avenue was Michael MacNeill, 48.

Police responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute at the home shortly before the explosion.

MacNeill’s body was found in the debris.

A 39-year-old woman — whom neighbors identified as Michael MacNeill’s wife, Angela MacNeill — and her 2-year-old daughter were inside the house.

The officers who arrived at their home smelled gas and just as they were getting the mom and toddler outside, they say the detached garage exploded and burst into flames. The flames quickly spread and caused damage to some neighboring homes and property, police said.

Court documents obtained by CBS 2 showed the couple was in the process of getting a divorce. Adding to the mystery was a post on the husband’s Facebook page from December.

Court documents obtained by CBS 2 showed that Michael and Angela MacNeill couple was in the process of getting a divorce. Adding to the mystery was a post on the husband’s Facebook page from December.

Mike MacNeill, whose garage exploded in a deadly blast and fire in Port Washington, Long Island, posted this Facebook photo in December along with the caption, "If you're gonna go out with a bang, might as well do it right with 25 gallons of gas and 40lbs of propane." (Credit: Mike MacNeill, via Facebook)

Mike MacNeill, whose garage exploded in a deadly blast and fire in Port Washington, Long Island, posted this Facebook photo in December along with the caption, “If you’re gonna go out with a bang, might as well do it right with 25 gallons of gas and 40lbs of propane.” (Credit: Mike MacNeill, via Facebook)

Showing cans and tanks, the caption read, “If you’re gonna go out with a bang, might as well do it right with 25 gallons of gas and 40lbs of propane.”

A source told CBS 2’s Champion that Michael MacNeill recently battled alcoholism and had just gotten out of rehab.

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