Skip to comments.'First Irish case' of death by spontaneous combustion
Posted on 09/23/2011 1:10:55 PM PDT by Red Badger
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.
Michael Faherty, 76, died at his home at Clareview Park, Ballybane, Galway on 22 December 2010....
Deaths attributed by some to "spontaneous combustion" occur when a living human body is burned without an apparent external source of ignition.
Typically police or fire investigators find burned corpses but no burned furniture.
An inquest in Galway on Thursday heard how investigators had been baffled as to the cause of Mr Faherty's death.
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.
He said Professor Bernard Knight, in his book on forensic pathology, had written about spontaneous combustion and noted that such reported cases were almost always near an open fireplace or chimney.
"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," he said.
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Insert Spinal Tap reference here._________________________
He must be proud.
“He just exploded onstage.”
It’s sad to see a person become so burned out on life...
It happens dozens of times.
Let me guess. He was a drummer?
Are there any comments from the local Leprechauns? They might have something to do with it.
It’s just not widely reported...
Dickens will be happy.
They had this on the original CSI a long time ago IIRC.
And, I haven’t seen that many episodes, maybe 20-25.
The Dickens, you say!.........
So, have any Irish died in bizarre gardening accidents? Perhaps from inhalation of (someone else’s) vomit?
Have to run to pick Mrs p6 up from work but short story is I stepped on a nail...went through SWEATY foot...need to go to hospital..they put my foot in peroxide...sparks and FLAMES in the emergency room.
Scared the poo out of everyone there including me because it was my foot that was burning!
The bubbling gas from the hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is oxygen...............
Well, they never really proved whose it was. You can’t dust for vomit.