posted on Feb, 19 2013 @ 01:47 PM
Here are some of the 'natural' explanations I have found which seem plausible. It seems that at least one or more of the scenarios below could have
contributed to this man 'spontaneously combusting'.
Almost all cases of SHC involve persons with low mobility, due to advanced age or obesity, along with poor health. Victims show a high likelihood of
dying in their sleep, or of being unable to move once they had caught fire. (Skeptoid.com)
Cigarettes are often seen as the source of fire, as dropped cigarettes are the leading cause of house fires in the USA.Natural causes such as heart
attacks may lead to the victim dying, subsequently dropping the cigarette, which after a period of smouldering can ignite the victim’s clothes.
The “wick effect” hypothesis suggests that a small external flame source, such as a burning cigarette, chars the clothing of the victim at a
location, splitting the skin and releasing subcutaneous fat, which is in turn absorbed into the burned clothing, acting as a wick. This combustion can
continue for as long as the fuel is available. This hypothesis has been successfully tested with animal tissue (pig) and is consistent with evidence
recovered from cases of human combustion. The human body typically has enough stored energy in fat and other chemical stores to fully combust the
body; even lean people have several pounds of fat in their tissues. This fat, once heated by the burning clothing, wicks into the clothing much as
candle wax (which typically was originally made of animal fat) wicks into a lit candle wick to provide the fuel needed to keep the wick burning.
Scalding can cause burn-like injuries, including death, without setting fire to clothing. Although not applicable in cases where the body is charred
and burnt, this has been suggested as a cause in at least one claimed SHC-like event.
Brian J. Ford has convincingly shown that ketosis, possibly caused by alcoholism or low-carb dieting, produces acetone, which is highly flammable and
could therefore lead to apparently spontaneous combustion.