Woman found in Madison house explosion was homicide victim; husband jailed

House explosion in Madison (PHOTO: John Castro via WMTV)

MADISON — Police have arrested a Wisconsin man suspected of killing his wife and blowing up their home to try to cover up the crime.

Authorities arrested 59-year-old Steven Pirus of Madison Saturday night, September 16th. He is jailed on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide, arson and recklessly endangering safety.

Pirus is accused of fatally shooting 50-year-old Lee Anne Pirus. Investigators believe she could have been killed months ago.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain expects Pirus to be charged Monday.

The house exploded and caught fire Wednesday. Her body was found Friday morning in the wreckage of the house. The Dane County medical examiner’s office says she died from “homicidal firearm trauma.”

Authorities allege Steven Pirus manipulated his home’s natural gas system to cause the explosion. Police say the blast also endangered his neighbors.

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