1978, August 2: Couple’s Fiery Death

The Legend:

On August 2, 1978, a 50-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman emerged from an apartment in Harpurhey, Lancashire, England, looking like human fireballs. They died as a result of the burns, but an inquest was unable to explain what had happened.


        This is the first listing of this incident in Anomalies, and therefore will require more research to confirm it. This is especially true because the above comes from Jenny Randles and Peter Hough's 1992 book, Spontaneous Human Combustion; this book gives almost no sources for the accounts it relates, in this case attributing the above to "Author's own investigation"... which essentially means "Just trust us." For this reason, this account is marked as both "Unreliable" and "Investigate;" I will add new information as I get a chance to dig further.