Woman, 62, died in portable toilet explosion

According to Fox35 :

Investigators say they’ve identified a 62-year-old woman as the person who died when a portable toilet exploded and burned to the ground with her inside.

St. Johns County Sheriff’s spokesman Chuck Mulligan said Tuesday that Denise Victoria McQuaig lived down the street from the portable toilet, which was outside of a home under construction. It exploded Saturday morning.

Mulligan says the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. He says the bomb squad x-rayed the melted plastic to see if anything was inside.

A neighbor called 911 Saturday morning after hearing a loud bang. The Florida Times-Union reports the portable toilet was in flames when firefighters arrived. Once they put out the fire, they found McQuaig’s body.

Neighbors reported hearing an explosion early Saturday morning in their St. Augustine neighborhood.

“The portalet blew up so I mean there’s nothing left, at all,” one neighbor said.

Another said investigators had to put on hazmat suits as they worked on the scene.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Chuck Mulligan says the agency has no reports of missing persons. Mulligan also says in 32 years of law enforcement work he has never heard of such a fire before.

Mulligan said sheriff’s office detectives along with state Fire Marshal’s Office investigators and the Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the death.

Mulligan says foul play isn’t suspected.

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