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Detectives are baffled by the mysterious case of how a pensioner suddenly burst into flames on a quiet London street.
They have been unable to find anything at the scene that could have caused the sudden blaze that killed 70-year-old John Nolan.
In what appears like a case of spontaneous human combustion, the retired Irish builder caught fire in front of horrified passers-by close to Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane football ground.
Despite spending the last three months hunting for clues, police have been unable to establish what caused the fire just after 1pm on Sunday, September 17.
An investigation by the London Fire Brigade found there was no accelerant on the pensioner.
PC Damien Ait-Amer, the investigating officer on the case, said: "We have spoken with a number of witnesses who saw Mr Nolan ablaze, but we have yet to establish how the fire started."
There have been around 200 cases of spontaneous human combustion documented throughout history, with victims often elderly, sick, or under the influence of alcohol, which could explain why they are unable to escape the fire.
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.