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1980, June 19: Toronto Woman’s Fiery Sleep

The Legend:

On June 19, 1980, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a 31-year-old woman awoke at 2:30 AM with severe burns on her thigh and abdomen; she survived this odd experience. Her nightdress and surroundings were undamaged.

Unreliable

        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, most often attributing them to "Author's own investigation" and "Historical archives traced and researched"... which essentially means "Just trust us." In this case, the above is attributed to Larry Arnold but we are not told what book or article it was taken from. 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.