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Firefighters find man dead inside burning Boone County home

It happened Thursday in the 3300 block of South County Road 700 West near Advance, Indiana.

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. — Boone County authorities are conducting a death investigation after a house fire near Advance.

Justin Sparks, the county coroner, said it happened Thursday in the 3300 block of S. County Road 700 West. 

As firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, two explosions took place, found to have originated at two oxygen tanks. There were ‘multiple’ other oxygen tanks found in the home, which were removed before fire could reach them.

Firefighters searching the burning home found an adult male inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

On Friday, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as 71-year-old Bobby Shelton. He was the only person inside the home at the time of the fire.

An investigation continues.

The coroner said an autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death.