Spontaneous Human Combustion Death in Oklahoma?

When the body of Danny Vanzandt was discovered in his Oklahoma home this February, the 65-year-old man’s remains had been reduced to a smoking heap of black ash in his kitchen. However, except for scorch marks on the nearby refrigerator, nothing else in the house had been burned (including the floor underneath the body). The local fire marshal called it a mystery and the Sequoyah County Sheriff said that Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC) had not been ruled out as cause of death.

Vanzandt was known to be a heavy smoker and drinker; both common traits in reported victims of this mysterious phenomenon. And almost all of the reports mention that he reportedly had very poor hygiene, which is just rude. Good Lord, the poor man is dead. No need to shame him about deodorant at this point.

This is very sad so I’m not making any jokes. 

The cause of death has now been ruled as a heart attack, with the theory that the victim fell onto a lit cigarette as he died. Which still doesn’t explain why the house didn’t burn down along with him. To reduce the body to the level of incineration found, the body would have had to have burned for 10 hours straight, according to reports. And the house was a veritable tinder box, with no running water.

Very, very odd… Where are Mulder and Scully when you need them?


2 Comments on “Spontaneous Human Combustion Death in Oklahoma?”

  1. “There’s alcohol in him…just like a bomb…”

    Yikes!

    Amazing to think that the floor under him didn’t burn, yet the cause of the body burning was falling onto a cigarette.

    • Mandy F. says:

      Right? So weird that he burned for 10 hours straight (at what of been a pretty high temp to immolate him) and nothing else caught fire. Even the plastic refrigerator door handle, which was less than a foot away, didn’t melt. I saw an “Unexplained Files” episode on this case, which showed case file photos. It was eerie.


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