Spontaneous Human Combustion


Spontaneous Human Combustion or SHC is a phenomenon where people can suddenly and inexplicably explode into a ball of fire for no reason. It occurs when a person supposedly burns to death by a fire believed to have started from within the body of that person.

However, the extremities, such as the hands, feet, or parts of the leg often remain intact. The torso and head are charred beyond recognition but, in rare cases, the internal organs of a victim remain unscathed. It generally happens with the victim inside his/her house and the room the victim was in usually shows little to no signs of fire, aside from a greasy residue left on furniture and walls. Often there is a sweet, smoky smell in the room where the incident has occurred.

Almost all cases of SHC involve persons with low mobility due to advanced age or obesity, along with poor health.[13] Victims show a high likelihood of having died in their sleep, or of being unable to move once they had caught fire.
Some hypotheses attempt to explain how SHC might occur without an external flame source, while other hypotheses suggest that incidents that might appear as spontaneous combustion did in fact have an external source of ignition

There are several theories as to what causes SHC. These include: flammable body fat, acetone buildup, static electricity, methane, bacteria, stress, and even divine intervention but nobody knows for sure.


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