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The August explosion in a workshop near a rental home near the 1000 block of Young’s Farm Road killed James Thomas Sharp, 33, who lived at the residence, and Charles Franklin Wells Jr., 18, a friend who lived a short distance away on Buchanan Highway.
The state fire marshal’s office had been called in to investigate the explosion with the Polk County Police Department remaining the leading law enforcement agency in the case.
Police officials said the cause of the fire remains undetermined, although gasoline was found on the men’s clothes.
No one else was involved and no charges will be filed, police said.
One point police were attempted to clear was why the men were in the workshop, which was locked and belonged to the landowner. That also remains undetermined.
Firefighters said at the time that the explosion was so massive that it left a 100-foot-wide debris field.
Firefighters said the building was engulfed in flames when they arrived. The men’s bodies where found inside afterward.