QotW - 14.08.04 - Can humans spontaneously combust?

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This is for the Naked Scientist, a weird occurrence in Soweto took place about Two Weeks ago were a young man of about 20 years suddenly started burning, he was nowhere near fire (Heater, Stove or anything of that sort) but his clothes literally caught flames and he is now admitted at Baragwanath Hospital for second degree burn, my question to The Naked Scientist is "is there a scientific explanation to such"?
 
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Re: What causes spontaneous human combustion?
« Reply #1 on: 08/07/2014 20:19:46 »
A discarded lit-cigarette or matchstick ? 

Some clothing is very flammable , e.g. shell-suits.

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Re: What causes spontaneous human combustion?
« Reply #2 on: 08/07/2014 20:39:34 »
There is no such thing as spontaneous human combustion, so it does not have a cause.
The cases are either burns caused by burning clothes or badly burned bodies where the fire has destroyed the cause of the fire.