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Sheriff Claims Spontaneous Human Combustion May Have Killed Man

If a cop says spontaneous human combustion or demons or voodoo or witchcraft or angels or astrology killed someone, then you need to find a better sheriff.

Sheriff: Spontaneous Human Combustion May Have Killed Man | 5NEWSOnline.com — Ft. Smith, Fayetteville, Bentonville News & Weather from KFSM and KXNW Television

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.

Asked if he was serious that this might be a case of spontaneous human combustion, the sheriff said he is serious, adding no items or furniture around the body were burned. There was no other fire damage to the house and no signs of a struggle, Lockhart said.

“I think there’s only about 200 cases worldwide, and I’m not saying this happened. I’m just saying that we haven’t ruled it out,” Lockhart said.