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How Did Michael Faherty Die? The Story Of Spontaneous Combustion

by | 24th, September 2011

MICHAEL Faherty, 76, is the first person in Ireland to die of of spontaneous human combustion. His body was found at his home in Galway on 22 December 2010. He was found lying face down near an open fire in his living room.

The house around him was intact. No other item was burned. The ceiling above him and the floor beneath him was scorched. Police found no accelerant. There were no signs of foul play.

Dr Kieran McLoughlin, the West Galway coroner, ruled that Mr Faherty had been consumed by spontaneous combustion. He said:

“This fire was thoroughly investigated and I’m left with the conclusion that this fits into the category of spontaneous human combustion, for which there is no adequate explanation.”

Pathologist Professor Grace Callagy said in her post-mortem findings that Mr Faherty had suffered from Type 2 diabetes and hypertension but she

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