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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