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Woman, 62, killed in port-a-potty explosion in St. Augustine

Victim ID'd as Denise Victoria McQuaig

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Investigators said 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 said the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. He said 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.

Mulligan said foul play isn't suspected.

It's not known why she was in the portable toilet.

 


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