Victim identified in fatal car fire

By Angela Shepherd The Times-Gazette

December 23, 2013

The person found deceased in a burning vehicle last Thursday after sheriff’s officials received a report of a loud explosion on Browning Road in Paint Township has been identified as 50-year-old Danny P. Masters.

According to the preliminary report received from Montgomery County, the cause of Masters’ death is carbon monoxide poisoning, Highland County Sheriff Richard Warner said Monday. A toxicology report is expected in the coming weeks.

The preliminary cause of death indicates Masters was alive for at least a short time after the explosion.

The sheriff’s office, state fire marshall, and Bureau of Criminal Investigation continue to investigate the cause of the fire that occurred in the driveway of 7370 Browning Road, Warner said.

Warner said the sheriff’s office received the call of a loud explosion and vehicle fire in the 7000 block of Browning Road at about 6:19 p.m. Thursday.

The Paint Creek fire department and sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.