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Fatal fire likely was accidental

Feb 14, 2012 - By Christina George Staff Writer

Authorities say they are handling last week's mobile home fire in Shoshoni as an accident. The blaze claimed the life of the resident.

Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said his office is awaiting official investigative findings from the Wyoming State Fire Marshal's Office before it determines what caused the fire.

County Coroner Ed McAuslan said an autopsy conducted Friday in Loveland, Colo., concluded that Bryan James Dearman, 29, of Shoshoni, died from smoke inhalation.

"At this point we are approaching the death as an accident," McAuslan said.

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office received a call at 8:46 a.m. Thursday concerning a trailer house on fire in the 200 block of East Sixth Street in Shoshoni.

Dearman's body was found in the charred trailer after firefighters suppressed the blaze.

Lee said Dearman was alone at home when the fire started.

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