Is Spontaneous Human Combustion Real?

The concept of spontaneous human combustion (SHC) has intrigued and mystified people for more than a century. There is no scientific evidence to back up the event of a person randomly bursting into flames, yet there have been cases where no other explanations can be found. In instances of alleged SHC, people have burned to death but their extremities are often intact, as well as their surroundings. A coroner ruled the death of an elderly Irishman in 2011 the result of spontaneous human combustion, but there is no proof to back up this and other similar claims.

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  1. Spontaneous human combustion is the alleged phenomenon where people randomly burst into flames. 00:31

Written by Curiosity Staff March 14, 2016