Obese woman's body fat causes Austrian crematorium to burn down
Published June 06, 2012
GRAZ, Austria – A devastating
fire which gutted a crematorium in southern Austria was caused by an
obese woman's excessive body fat blocking an air filter, Austrian public
broadcaster ORF reported.
The fire occurred at the facility in the city of Graz in mid-April.
Firefighters had trouble extinguishing the blaze due to a thick layer of
insulation lining the crematorium's walls.
Austrian officials investigating the fire found that it was caused by
the burning body of the 440-pound woman. The obese corpse reportedly
led to overheating in the crematorium's filter system, triggering the
Other recent fires caused by the burning of obese bodies were reported in Germany and Switzerland.
Former Graz city fire chief Otto Widetschek said special crematoria
for obese people should be set up in Austria to deal with the potential
dangers of cremating obese bodies.
"In Switzerland, there is now a special crematorium for XXL-bodies," he told ORF earlier this week.
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