spontaneous human combustionJoe Segen2016-12-18T21:20:46+00:00
spontaneous human combustion
spontaneous human combustion (???)
A process in which a human body allegedly catches fire as a result of heat generated by internal chemical activity…without evidence of an external source of ignition. 200 cases have been reported world-wide, with Ireland weighing in with its first case on 23.09.2011.
Not all scientists are convinced this is a real phenomenon, and regard it as an urban legend.
Spontaneous Human Combustion, common features
• Body is completely or almost completely incinerated, but nearby furniture which would normally have been damaged at such temperatures remains intact
• Damage is limited to victim’s clothing, floor or furniture where they died, and ceiling above corpse
• Fire affects torso; any remaining bits are of the extremities, such as the feet
• No traces of fire accelerant or evidence of external cause
• Victim is typically alone at time of death, and thought to have been alive when the fire started