Mystery surrounding the death of the ex-cop who may have killed himself by triggering a gas explosion

A former Scotland Yard anti-terrorist police officer investigating the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning and the July 7 London bombing reportedly may have killed himself by triggering a gas explosion in his thatched cottage.

Malcolm Baker, 60, died after a fire destroyed his home in Brompton Regis in Exmoor National Park around 6pm on September 14.

The fire resulted in an explosion that could be heard from a mile away and destroyed the roof of the property, The Sun reports.

After a search led by specialists, human remains were subsequently found in the ruins of the house.

DNA testing is underway to confirm the victim is Mr Baker.

Neighbors are said to have assumed that a gas cylinder had been opened on purpose and initially feared he had been the victim of a terrorist attack, but is said to have taken his own life due to domestic problems.

Malcolm Baker (pictured) died after a fire destroyed his home in Exmoor National Park around 6pm on September 14

Malcolm Baker (pictured) died after a fire destroyed his home in Exmoor National Park around 6pm on September 14

Malcolm Baker (pictured) died after a fire destroyed his home in Exmoor National Park around 6pm on September 14

Mr Baker was also part of the team investigating the poisoning of Mr Litvinenko (pictured) in 2006

Mr Baker was also part of the team investigating the poisoning of Mr Litvinenko (pictured) in 2006

Mr Baker was also part of the team investigating the poisoning of Mr Litvinenko (pictured) in 2006

A police spokesman said: “At this time we do not believe there is any third party involvement and we are not seeking anyone else in connection with our investigation.”

Up to 30 officers meticulously combed the property for evidence after the blast, with residents recalling a loud bang and plumes of smoke billowing into the air.

Withiel Fox, 60, told The Sun: “There is no gas supply to this cottage so it didn’t happen by accident. Because of his background, there has been much speculation as to what may have happened.

“He went missing after the blast and there were concerns that the Russians might be behind it. There were fears they may have kidnapped or killed him to send a message to the government.’

Mr. Baker worked on a number of high-profile cases, including assisting US officials in an investigation into the September 11, 2001 atrocities.

Mr Baker's home, Hiccombe House, in Brompton Regis, West Somerset, which was destroyed in the fire

Mr Baker's home, Hiccombe House, in Brompton Regis, West Somerset, which was destroyed in the fire

Mr Baker’s home, Hiccombe House, in Brompton Regis, West Somerset, which was destroyed in the fire

He was also part of the team that investigated Mr Litvinenko’s poisoning in 2006. European judges ruled last year that the Russian state was responsible for his murder.

Mr Baker also investigated the 7/7 London bombings in 2005 which killed 56 people.

He also held a security role at the London 2012 Olympics before retiring from the police force.

He is believed to have been working as a security adviser before his death, having moved to the area from London with his partner.

Avon and Somerset Police say they referred his death to the independent Police Misconduct Bureau due to a previous contact of a domestic nature.

It comes as another resident told the neighbor Mr Baker was “not a pleasant man”, adding that he was “obnoxious and a bully and had quarreled with several local residents”.


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