The cremation of a 200kg woman didn't go according to plan as her excess body fat blocked an air filter.
The building in Austria was burnt to the ground as firefighters battled to put out the blaze. Similar fires have also been reported in Germany and Switzerland in incidents involving the cremation of bodies that were too large for the facilities to cope with.
Fire chief Otto Widetschek has called for special extra large crematoriums to be set up to deal with larger individuals. "In Switzerland, there is now a special crematorium for XXL-bodies," he said.
"A devastating fire which gutted a crematorium in southern Austria was caused by an obese woman's excessive body fat blocking an air filter, Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported."
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