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February 19, 2013

A.M. UPDATE: Authorities: Sequoyah County man may have spontaneously combusted

— SALLISAW (AP) — Sequoyah County authorities say a man who died in a fire at his home may have spontaneously combusted.

The 66-year-old man died in the blaze on Monday.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart says several neighbors entered the home when they saw smoke and assumed trash had caught fire. Then they realized a person was burning.

Lockhart said the remains were in the kitchen and there was no other damage in the home. The sheriff says there was no apparent source of the fire.

Authorities say the man had a history of heavy drinking and smoking.

No cause of the fire has been determined and Lockhart says spontaneous combustion has not been ruled out.

The body was sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Tulsa for an autopsy.

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