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Sheriff: Spontaneous human combustion may have killed man

"This is a case that I've never seen before"

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SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. — Sheriff Ron Lockhart said his office is investigating whether a Sequoyah County, Okla., man died after spontaneously bursting into flames. The sheriff said 65-year-old Danny Vanzandt’s death might be a rare case of spontaneous human combustion.

"This is a case that I’ve never seen before," Lockhart said. Emergency crews responded to Bawkin Road in Sequoyah County about 10:50 a.m. Monday (Feb. 18) after a neighbor told police she saw smoke coming from next door, Lockhart said. Vanzandt's brother, Aaron, tells 5NEWS he and his stepson found the body around 11 a.m. and called 911.

"The body was burned and it was incinerated," Lockhart said. Fire crews on the scene discovered a badly burned man dead in the kitchen, Lockhart said. 

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Jo Ann Warner Jo Ann Warner Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:43:30 PM holly crap
Michele Provost Michele Provost Tuesday, February 19, 2013 8:52:05 PM Holy crap is right! Not a good way to go!
Marjorie Parry Marjorie Parry Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:48:25 PM I would hope that the sherrif would entertain the idea that he was killed elsewhere and placed back in the house. I know it sounds a little TV cop drama-ish but there has never been a case of proven spontaneous combustion.
Robert B. Reno Robert B. Reno Wednesday, February 20, 2013 5:23:32 AM BS
Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller Wednesday, February 20, 2013 7:49:08 AM If they're going to treat this like an X-file, they should test him for caesium.
Steve Weaver Steve Weaver Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:21:02 PM Do some research Sheriff! No such thing as Spontaneous human combustion. There is always a source of ignition (none of those in a kitchen I suppose) then the body fat is burned using the clothing as a wick. Just a big human candle. As to the actual cause of death, not my department.

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