SPONTANEOUS FIRES Baffle Firefighters in South Africa
June 28, 2011 – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa - Mysterious fires that apparently ignite spontaneously have over the past two weeks destroyed the homes and belongings of a family in Hopewell near Thornville. The freakish fires have burned through the Mthembu family’s main house, two low-cost houses in the yard and another low-cost house belonging to the children, across the street from the main family home. The charred remains of some of their possessions – beds, sound system speakers, plastic and steel wash basins, food and clothes – lay in the yard on Sunday.
Side Note: Substances that are physically capable of spontaneous combustion are called “pyrophoric.” Some examples of pyrophoric materials are alkali metals, phosphorous, plutonium, sodium and potassium. The physical composition of these materials makes them highly volatile when they are exposed to air or water. See spontaneous combustion dangers of nanomaterials