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Area man dies in vehicle fire

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Photo/Sharp County Det. Sgt. Ken Guildry The 1999 Chevy Tahoe that caught on fire in Ash Flat claiming the life of Brittany Dahm Dec. 8.
A Cherokee Village man died in a vehicle fire Dec. 8 at Ivey's Car Wash in Ash Flat. According to records obtained from both the Ash Flat Fire Department and the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, the fire department responded to the call at the business around 11 p.m. in which a vehicle was reported on fire. The call came from the occupant, Brittany Dahm, 28, of Cherokee Village.

The small fire was extinguished and the body of Dahm was discovered in the 1999 Chevy Tahoe. Sharp County Criminal Investigation Division's Detective Sergeant Ken Guidry and Arkansas State Police Special Agent Wendall Jines also responded to the incident.

The body was recovered and sent to the Arkansas Medical Examiners office to determine the cause of death. On Dec. 9, the report received from the medical examiner determined the cause of death to be accidental. Dahm died as a result of smoke and soot inhalation.

Brittany Dahm Photo/Sharp County Det. Sgt. Ken Guildry
The report said that Dahm had reported having some problems with the vehicle and had pulled into the car wash because of a fire under the dash of the Tahoe on the driver's side of the SUV.

He reported to have moved to the back seat to escape the harmful smoke. Both of the door handles were completely broken off as a result of Dahm trying to escape the vehicle. It is believed that he then went to the far rear hatch area of the vehicle in an attempt to escape, as this is where the body was located.

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