Aberdeen (Aberdeenshire) - Constitution Street
19 February 1888
The remains of an aging soldier were discovered in a barn along this road; much of the body had been reduced to ash, though the face could be recognised. The bales of straw surrounding him failed to catch fire.
Aberporth (Dyfed) - Unidentified cottage
Human combustion, but in this case not so spontaneous. A sailor who liked his rum, Thomas Williams fell unconscious after a drinking session. His friend summoned a doctor who arrived after dark. The attending physician held a candle close to Thomas, who promptly caught light, bathed in blue flame. A bucket of water thrown over the fire only made the flames larger. The witnesses all left (for reasons not fully explained) and returned the following morning to find Thomas's torso completely consumed, but his shirt only charred. Thomas's friends said that he had been wicked and that the devil had come for him.
Ballybane (County Galway) - Private residence, Clareview Park
22 December 2010
The BBC reported that Dr Ciaran McLoughlin, West Galway coroner, had recorded a verdict of spontaneous combustion in a case he had investigated. The body of Michael Faherty had been found in his living room, totally burnt, although damage to the rest of the room was minimal.
Chelmsford (Essex) - Unknown dance hall
27 August 1938
As Phyllis Newcombe (22) left the dance floor, her dress burst into flame, and she died a few hours later in hospital. Tests showed that her clothing could not be ignited with a cigarette.
Colchester (Essex) - Mill Street
19 February 1888
The body of a soldier was discovered in a hay loft, much of his corpse charred by fire, but the surrounding area untouched by the flames. His legs and boots were also undamaged.
Cootehill (County Cavan) - Unknown property
Mrs Stout was seen going to bed, apparently fine, but found dead the following morning. Her body was heavily burnt, with parts not altered by fire crumbling when touched. Her nightdress remained undamaged by the fire. An inquest determined she had 'died by the visitation of God'.
Ebbw Vale (Gwent) - Council house, exact location unknown
The body of a seventy two year old was found reduced to ash, leaving only a pair of feet in socks, a soot covered skull, and an undamaged armchair in which most of the remains sat...
Folkestone (Kent) - Flat along Canterbury Road
27 December 1987
Barry Soudaine was found his kitchen, only a foot and a trainer remaining amongst a pile of ash. Some plastic fittings in the kitchen had melted, but there was not serious fire damage. The coroner recorded an open verdict regarding the death.
Hull (Yorkshire) - Trinity Almshouse
Elizabeth Clark spent the night here and was discovered in the morning covered in heinous burns which later claimed her life. No one heard any noises during the night, and although covered in the ash from her nightdress, the bed itself was not scorched.
Ipswich (Suffolk) - St Clement, Ipswich
Grace Pett's burnt body was discovered in her house; other people living there were not aware of the fire that had killed her during the night.
Nairn (Highland) - Area close to Hardmuir Wood
29 July 1852
The charred remains of John Anderson could only be recognised by the horses and cart found by his body. One witness said that John had fallen from his cart while burning, his horses remaining still, and that the fire had been extinguish with buckets of water within fifteen minutes of starting. The doctor who performed the autopsy believed the fire to be 'no ordinary combustion'.
Newport (Gwent) - Private house along Corporation Street
2 February 1980
When Annie was found, only a pair of legs, piece of arm and skull remained. A white tablecloth lay untouched nearby.
Norfolk Broads (Norfolk) - Norfolk Broads
29 (or 30) July 1938 (or 1937)
While enjoying a boating holiday, Mrs Carpenter burst into flame and was reduced to a charred corpse.
Outer London: Stanmore (Greater London) - Anmer Lodge nursing home
Peppi the cat enjoyed life at the nursing home, before exploding into blue flame with a bang and a flash. If the story is true, then Peppi could be a rare example of Spontaneous Feline Combustion.
Reading (Berkshire) - Private house along Baker Street
12 November 1978
A young daughter found her mother burnt to death in the basement - some witnesses described the body as charred, while the room itself was barely touched.
SE11 (Greater London) - 49 Auckland Street, Lambeth
This homeless man's burning body was found in an empty building, blue flame still coming from his charred body. It was though Robert was still alive when he combusted, as his teeth were dug deep into a wooden stair banister pole.
Widnes (Cheshire) - Halton College
A girl walking down the stairs with a group of friends suddenly burst into flame. They quickly beat the flames out, but she later died of her injuries.