'First Irish case' of death by spontaneous combustion


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    Post  Maugrim on Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:27 am

    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.

    Forensic experts found that a fire in the fireplace of the sitting room where the badly burnt body was found, had not been the cause of the blaze that killed Mr Faherty.

    The court was told that no trace of an accelerant had been found and there had been nothing to suggest foul play.

    The court heard Mr Faherty had been found lying on his back with his head closest to an open fireplace.

    The fire had been confined to the sitting room. The only damage was to the body, which was totally burnt, the ceiling above him and the floor underneath him.

    Dr McLoughlin said he had consulted medical textbooks and carried out other research in an attempt to find an explanation.

    "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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    Post  Tezcatlipoca on Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:53 pm

    How can a coroner be so irresponsible? I object to his nonchalant use of this very dated misnomer. How the fuck do you become a doctor without passing high school physics? Oi!

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