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 returned such a verdict.
Forensic experts found 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.
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This is a confusing story since there is an obvious source of ignition and no plausible theory as to how the human body can spontaneously combust. The situation is not so different from many other cases of burn deaths. I’d say the coroner missed the boat on this one to make such a conclusion.
Here is an additional commentary from Skepticblog on this weird and widely reported story.