Originally Posted by listopencil
A stray bullet wouldn't have had to ignite the tank. All it would have had to do was pierce it. How long to you think it takes to vent a 500 gallon tank, for instance, through a bullet hole? How far will the gas be ejected before it safely dissipates, and what are the concentration levels at various distances from the hole? Where was the tank relative to the cabin? Or was it even above ground at all? I don't know. I do doubt, however, that Random Joe Cop was in charge of the entire operation and happened to be near an open mic when he decided to burn down the cabin two hours before it happened.
If they would've have ignited the perfect gas/air mix of a 500 gallon tank even with the choppers being far away, they likely would have seen in.
Yeah as far as the "burn it down" it's possible in the early moments that was someone's idea and if there was a gas can nearby they may have thrown it on the cabin, but I too doubt they ever intentionally went forward with that plan. Also as others said "burn it" could have been jargon for gassing the cabin.
Anyways, I'm seeing that news reports are saying they do have remains found again. Dunno if that's just an echo from before though.