spontaneous human combustion


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spontaneous human combustion

A process in which a human body allegedly catches fire as a result of heat generated by internal chemical activity, but without evidence of an external source of ignition. 200 cases have been reported world-wide; it is not accepted as a real phenomenon by all scientists and often regard as an urban legend.

Spontaneous Human Combustion, common features
• Body is completely or almost completely incinerated, but nearby furniture that would normally have been damaged at such temperatures remains intact.
• Damage is limited to victim’s clothing, floor, furniture and ceiling where he or she died.
• Fire affects torso; any remaining, unincinerated parts 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.
• Little sign of struggle.
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West Galway coroner Dr Ciaran McLoughlin said in his verdict: "This fire was thoroughly investigated and I'm left with the conclusion that this fits into the category of spontaneous human combustion, for which there is no adequate explanation.
Krogman has been widely, and erroneously, reported as having concluded that Mary Hardy Reeser, the so-called 'Cinder Woman', was an indubitable victim of the mysterious burning death, SHC, but he told me: 'I regard spontaneous human combustion as utterly impossible and in the realm of fantasy'.
However, no one has ever managed to rigger off Spontaneous Human Combustion at will on his foes, apart from of course, Charles Dickens, the author of Bleak House: in it, an alcoholic was decimated by an instance of SHC - using it as an odious weapon - and Dickens, in return, earned the wrath of the scientific-minded for glorifying superstition.
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If what they said is true, then it is spontaneous human combustion," added the doctor.
Dr McLoughlin added: "This fire was thoroughly investigated and I'm left with the conclusion that this fits into the category of spontaneous human combustion, for which there is no adequate explanation.
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Rahul, a native of Tindivanam, Tamil Nadu was admitted to Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital on Thursday for burns reportedly caused by a rare medical phenomenon known as Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC) wherein a person catches fire due to emission of inflammable substances through the body.
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