First Case of Public Spontaneous Human Combustion?

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First Case of Public Spontaneous Human Combustion?

Post by Trapper John » Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:35 pm

It bears all the hallmarks of a classic 'Spontaneous Human Combustion' (SHC) episode, a phenomena which is claimed to exist but has never been proved by science.

From what I've read over the years about the subject of SHC there is a lot to suggest that this could be one. What makes this so special is that it was witnessed in part by other people, most if not all cases suggested as SHC never have been.

Key points here:

Lack of a difinitive explanation. Clearly a cause or motive cannot be found with normal investigative measures, as the incident occurred two months ago.

No signs of an external accelerant.
Always the case in suspected cases of SHC.

Fierce & intense fire. Often reported in cases of suspected SHC is that the fire burnt at such high temperatures, little of the affected body remains bar ashes. In this case witnesses reported an inabilty to extinguish the flames and only when firefighters arrived with modern equipment were they able to do so.

A pensioner has died of his injuries after catching fire in unexplained circumstances in a London street. Police are appealing for information on the blaze that killed 70-year-old John Nolan, a retired construction worker originally from Ireland.

Emergency services were called to reports of a “man ablaze” near his home in Haringey on 17 September. Horrified members of the public tried to put the fire out and alerted police but the flames were not extinguished until firefighters arrived on the scene.

Mr Nolan was taken to a specialist hospital by air ambulance but died of severe burns, with an inquest due to open in March.

The London Fire Brigade investigated the cause of the fire but found no evidence of an “accelerant” that would have spread the flames.

Police have now taken charge of the investigation but have made no arrests, with Mr Nolan’s death being treated as unexplained.

The investigating officer, PC Damien Ait-Amer, said: “We have spoken with a number of witnesses who saw Mr Nolan ablaze, but we have yet to establish how the fire started.

Mr Nolan was a well-liked member of the community and none of our enquiries so far have indicated that he had been involved in a dispute of any sort.

"Nor does any account given by witnesses suggest that he had been in contact with another person at the time of the fire."

Source: The Independent