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Man spontaneously combusts on London street

By T.K. Randall
December 15, 2017 · Comment icon 36 comments

Authorities have been unable to explain how the man caught fire. Image Credit:
Police are appealing for information after a pensioner inexplicably burst in to flames in broad daylight.
The bizarre incident, which occurred in the London Borough of Haringey on September 17th, involved 70-year-old John Nolan, a retired construction worker, who somehow caught fire just after 1pm.

Members of the public were quick to offer assistance in putting out the fire but unfortunately the burns he had sustained from the blaze were too severe and he died from his injuries.

An investigation later failed to find anything on his person that could explain how he had caught fire.
"We have spoken with a number of witnesses who saw Mr Nolan ablaze, but we have yet to establish how the fire started," said PC Damien Ait-Amer.

"Mr Nolan was a well-liked member of the community and none of our enquiries so far have indicated that he had been involved in a dispute of any sort. Nor does any account given by witnesses suggest that he had been in contact with another person at the time of the fire."

Investigations in to the incident, which has been classed as 'unexplained', are still ongoing.

Source: Belfast Telegraph | Comments (36)

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Comment icon #27 Posted by tmcom 7 years ago
Everything that is alive does, and it is drawn through the head and distributed throughout the body. Which organ, pretty much all of them. True, Sorry, but it was real, (the movie was made up, apart from the ship) it is well documented that Tesla and Einstein in the late forties were part of it They also messed about with time, at Princeton University.   They don't teach Einsteins theory for everything, as it could allow rouge nations access to weapons that are impossible to defend against. According to his theory all of the key forces in our universe are one and the same.  
Comment icon #28 Posted by Herr Falukorv 7 years ago
Heavy sigh
Comment icon #29 Posted by Jon the frog 7 years ago
Please think more about the chemical things before looking at a spiritual thing ! I don't think spirits have a go on burning themselves alive. Probably a cascade of bad chemical reaction cause this. Our body is producing heat, it oxide (burn) sugar to get the energy for it. Maybe a series of bad enzymatic mixture trigger the phenomena and just ignite the body. Maybe radio waves or microwaves can trigger the enzymatic problems... but we got case far back before we got washed from all side with electromagnetic trash.
Comment icon #30 Posted by UFOwatcher 7 years ago
Sorry, not buying into any of this SHC stuff/myth...
Comment icon #31 Posted by Alaric 7 years ago
Well, whenever my dog is around, he’s always the responsible party...
Comment icon #32 Posted by ChaosRose 7 years ago
I'm not sure why people jump to SHC.  Seems like evidence of ignition could just have burnt up. 
Comment icon #33 Posted by Omnaka 6 years ago
I think another spirit jumping in. Only room for one at a time.
Comment icon #34 Posted by ouija ouija 6 years ago
That's an interesting thought.
Comment icon #35 Posted by ouija ouija 3 years ago
Yesterday evening on the CBS Reality channel, I watched an episode of 'World's Most Unexplained'(I've no idea how old the episode was), about spontaneous human combustion. The main point that interested me was made by Prof. Brian Ford who put forward the idea that the sudden, extremely intense, but relatively brief fire shown in alleged cases of SHC, could be caused by an acetone-fuelled fire. He stated that people who are ill produce acetone and this is particularly noticeable with diabetics. Type 2 diabetes is fairly common in older people and individuals supposedly killed by spontaneous com... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by psyche101 3 years ago
And yet almost six months later, another take on the story comes out.

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