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OSAWATOMIE — One person was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Dec. 8 southeast of Osawatomie.

At 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a vehicle fire near the intersection of 359th Street and Harmony Road, according to a sheriff’s office report.

First responders found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames and off the roadway in a ditch, according to the report. Extreme heat prevented sheriff’s officers, firefighters from two departments and emergency medical personnel from getting close the vehicle until after firefighters extinguished the blaze, according to the report.

Once the fire was extinguished, deputies were able to determine the vehicle was a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado. They also found a deceased person inside the vehicle, Capt. Matt Kelly said.

A positive identification of the deceased had not been made as of Monday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office.

Kelly said a preliminary investigation suggests the vehicle was traveling east on 359th Street from Harmony Road for a short distance when it went off the roadway to the right and struck a culvert. An exact cause of the fire is not known at this time, he said.

Firefighters from the Osawatomie and Fontana fire departments and personnel from Miami County Emergency Medical Services were on the scene.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Patrol or Investigations divisions at (913) 294-3232. Callers can remain anonymous by calling the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS(8477).

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