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Old 09-24-2011, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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A man who burned to death in his home died as a result of spontaneous combustion, an Irish coroner has ruled.

West Galway coroner Dr Ciaran McLoughlin said it was the first time in 25 years of investigating deaths that he had recorded such a verdict.

BBC News - 'First Irish case' of death by spontaneous combustion
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:49 AM
 
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So what makes this case special?

Was it because this guy was a leprechaun?
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:11 PM
 
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So what makes this case special?

Was it because this guy was a leprechaun?
Starter fire by definition?

It just shows how rare it is pronounced as a cause of death.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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Retired professor of pathology Mike Green said he had examined one suspected case in his career.

He said he would not use the term spontaneous combustion, as there had to be some source of ignition, possibly a lit match or cigarette.

"There is a source of ignition somewhere, but because the body is so badly destroyed the source can't be found," he said.
I think that pretty well sums it up.
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Every time something about this phenomenal combustion thing is on a program or in the news....I just feel so skeptical. Hard to believe a person would just blow up in flames.
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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The human body is 80-90% water and bursts into flames, yet I can't get even slightly damp wood to burn in a campfire.

Put me down for skeptical, really really skeptical.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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BURN THEM ALL!
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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The human body is 80-90% water and bursts into flames, yet I can't get even slightly damp wood to burn in a campfire.

Put me down for skeptical, really really skeptical.
Amen
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