Skip to comments.Surge in Obesity Sparks Crematorium Blazes
Posted on 04/13/2012 8:33:50 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
The crematorium employee in the western German town of Hamelin took a last look at the coffin before pushing it inside the furnace. This was the third coffin he had processed on the morning of January 13, and the body itself weighed over 200 kilograms (440 pounds). Of that, only two kilograms of ashes were supposed to remain after cremation. But, 15 minutes later, flames shot out of the crematorium's 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) stainless-steel chimney, and parts of it began to melt.
Unable to bring the fire under control, the employee called the fire department. Firemen determined that the smoking chimney was glowing at 600 degrees Celsius (1,100 degrees Fahrenheit). They cooled it from the side and used an infrared camera to track the spread of heat through the building. It took four hours to reduce the body in the furnace to ash.
Cremations in Germany are becoming more complicated owing to an increase in obesity. At the moment, around half of the country's deceased are cremated. Likewise, roughly 15 percent of Germans are obese, and the figures are climbing.
The funeral industry has adapted to these new conditions with plus-size coffins and crematorium furnaces outfitted with larger doors. But one problem remains: Due to their high fat content, obese bodies often burn so hot that they overtax crematorium facilities. The cause of the chimney fire in Hamelin appears to have been "extreme heat due to burning a high amount of fat," according to Carl Schmidt, the crematorium's manager.
(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...
No article references to AGW. Remarkable! Such restraint!
The funeral of King Henry VII at Westminster Abbey was marred by his obese corpse splitting open inside his coffin and, well you can guess how that went down.
King Henry VIII I meant. When he passed on his reward was not 72 virgins but 6 angry wives.
if anybody knowa anything about crematoriums it would be the germans given their experience.
If this catches on, we will see the Democrats complaining of post-mortem disenfranchisement.
I have an interesting idea! How about liposuction on the dead?
or maybe wood-chippers?
Yeah, but those were emaciated Jews, Gypsies, political prisoners and homosexuals with a very low body fat ratio.
I weigh about 360 lbs, so I’d probably cause a merry blaze, if I elected cremation.
Like Soylent Green Energy is People?
Actually five angry wives- he left a widow behind.
I thought only Americans were fat, and certainly not our fabled friends in the EU????
I know, Germans and creamatoriums. Not a good combination.
A number of years ago in the California desert, a desert rat called the local sheriff and claimed that a local facility was burning bodies. The sheriff pulled the business license and said that the facility was for “firing pottery” not burning bodies — to which the desert resident said “I was at Auschwitz!! I know what burning bodies smell like!!
Turns out the building WAS being used by an LA crematorium for its excess business — they figured the desert is so sparse no one would “smell” a thing.
Someone try telling a democRAT cremated people can't vote, and they'll ban cremations.
Perhaps the crematoria should check with the Krupp steel corp to update the furance to handle higher capacity cremations.
MOST holocaust victims were emaciated, but not so those who went to Treblinka. There, the poor people were killed immediately after arrival and “processing”, e.g., having their hair shorn (if female) and their gold teeth pulled out. Sorry to be so gross, but the German camp administrators (!) figured out how to stack the fatter corpses on the pyres so as to reduce the need for petrol/gas.
Desert dwellers are a different breed. You do not just drive up to a remote trailer.
Nope, the cause of the chimney fire is the same as the cause for any chimney fire. The idiots running the place didn’t clean the chimney between burnings. I would like to know how many bodies they have burned between cleanings of the chimney, I would bet it is substantial. While fat people might contribute to a dirty chimney more than thin ones, it doesn’t excuse the laziness on the part of the crematory people.
They could render these people into petrol.
My family has always (odd, I know) used funeral homes for such things.
A few years ago, one of my customers rented a shop that was just across the street from a “crematorium”...it was in what can only be described as a light commercial area. Anyway, prior to that, I had no idea that you could take a body from the hospital or hospice and just load it into the back seat of the car. That happened all the time over there...the old Ford Taurus would pull up, and they would unload “Grandma” onto a gurney in the parking lot.
Then there’s my in-laws. One of them didn’t want to pay for transport of a body (this one was at least embalmed in a coffin) from Arkansas to Iowa. So they loaded her up into the back of the pickup and drove up the Interstate...no covering over the back or anything. No report on “accidents caused”...LOL!
Grease fires are always the hardest to control.
LOL. Just how many 440 lb people are out there?
But then the unsuspecting Freeper clicks the link, and sees that the source is ... Der Spiegel!
I am reminded of that old joke about the Lufthansa 747 awaiting takeoff at JFK. There was a question about whether passenger Goldstein had made the flight. The captain replied he didn't know. The tower asked if they'd checked the ovens. The captain shut down the engines and demanded a written apology be delivered to the airplane before he'd move.
More than you might think. We have some friends that are a doctor and a nurse, and they tell plenty of stories of the morbidly obese at hospitals. Hospitals now have all sorts of special gear for handling them. Things like extra-strength beds, even little boom cranes for moving and shifting them around.
Signs of the times. Necessity is the mother of inventions.
When my mother died last year she was overweight and they charged extra for that.
If I die my request is that they just go and rent a mortar mixer, a bag of powdered aluminum and another of iron oxide.
Mix up some thermite. get a fire hot enough and you won’t have much left.
“Ich bin ein Berliner!”
I am surprised.
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