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Man's body found after trailer burns in Shoshoni

Feb 10, 2012 - By Christina George Staff Writer

Authorities are investigating the death of a Shoshoni man whose body was found inside his home that caught fire Thursday morning.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said the victim has been identified as 29-year-old Bryan Dearman.

He said the cause of death remained unknown as of noon Friday.

"He's being autopsied right now in Loveland, (Colo.)," he said Friday.

Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

According to law enforcement reports, dispatch received a call at 8:46 a.m. on Thursday from someone reporting "a lot of smoke coming out of the trailer."

The caller was unsure if there was anyone inside the home, which is located in the 200 block of East Sixth Street, two blocks off Highway 20 that leads to Thermopolis.

In a news release issued Thursday afternoon, Lee said members of the Fremont County Fire District located the deceased adult male inside the residence after suppressing the blaze.

There were no other occupants of the residence home during the fire.

"There was one trailer involved, and it was fully engulfed when we got there," Fremont County Fire Protection District chief Craig Haslam said Friday morning.

"We had six pieces of apparatus on scene and about 25 people."

Haslam said four fire battalions responded.

"We were there until about 1 p.m. There were no firefighter injuries."

Haslam didn't release information about what may have caused the fire,because it is being investigated by the sheriff's office with the assistance of the Wyoming State Fire Marshal's Office.

Shoshoni superintendent of schools Tammy Cox on Thursday said the fire, which was a few blocks away from the school, did not interrupt operations.

"We knew there was a fire and found out very shortly that some of our students were directly involved," Cox said, referring to family members including one child of the deceased. "They were notified and taken out of school."

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