Police in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, are investigating the death of Danny Vanzandt, 66, who died strangely on February 18, 2013, in his home — not because he may have been murdered, investigators ruled out homicide, but because he might have spontaneously combusted.
Neighbors, who said that Vanzandt had a history of smoking and drinking heavily, entered the home when they saw they fire, and on entering saw what they assumed to be a trash fire. Fire responders however determined that those were in fact the carbonized remains of Vanzandt, who is believed to have burned for 10 hours before being found in a low-heat fire that did not damage anything else in the house.
According Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart, “The body is burned, incinerated, like I’ve never seen before and it’s some kind of chemical reaction or something the way I can see it. ” There was reportedly no trace of accellerant.
Lockhart told reporters that, the source of the fire is still undetermined at this time, and he has not ruled out spontaneous combustion, “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.” It is not known if they have ruled out chemtrails or Bigfoot either, though Lockhart did say in an interview with 5NEWS that the evidence is inconsistent with Vanzandt’s having accidentally set himself on fire.
Later Lockhart explained, “We wasn’t saying the guy just busted into flames, you know there’s gotta have an ignition source and that’s what we’re looking at is an ignition source such as lighting a cigarette and catches himself on fire, sucks the flames down his throat, and falls down.”
The body was sent to Tulsa for further examination.