For the first time in his twenty-five year career, a coroner has ruled the death of a 76 year old man as due to spontaneous human combustion. Keiran McLoughlin, a West Galeway, Ireland coroner, told officials that he could think of no other adequate cause of the bizarre death.
Michael Faherty, 76, was found dead by firefighters after his neighbor, Tom Mannion, heard Faherty’s smoke alarm and went outside to notice plumes of black smoke rolling out of his windows. Other than smoke, the only damage found in the home was to Faherty’s remains, and firefighters have been unable to determine the cause of the fire.
Faherty’s remains, particularly the organs, were found so badly burned that a cause of death was unable to be determined.
McLoughlin told The Guardian: “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.”