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Dead Woman Was So Obese Her Body Fat Set The Building On Fire
May 6, 2016
A crematorium caught on fire while a woman was being cremated, and firefighters are saying the cause of the fire came from the obese woman that was being cremated.
Fire. A fire broke out at a crematorium in Austria while it was cremating a 440 pound woman, reports Fox News.
Body. The fire was started because the woman’s body was too large, and blocked an air filter. The woman’s body caused the filter to overheat, and set the building on fire.
Extinguish. Firefighters were called to extinguish the fire, however they had a hard time doing so because of all the insulation that was inside the crematorium’s walls.
Fire. Crematorium fires that are caused by bodies aren’t as rare as you would imagine. Another instance happened in Virginia, where a 500 pound body caught a crematorium on fire.
Hot. In this instance, the roofing, which was made of rubber, caught fire. "It got too hot, too quick. The body was a little larger than what we had done in the past,” said the crematorium manager, Jerry Hendrix, as reported by the New York Daily News.
Problem. This is a problem that a lot of funeral homes have had to deal with at some point or another. Larger bodies are not recommended to be cremated, and instead, funeral directors suggest burying their overweight loved ones.
Expense. Even burials for overweight people are proving to be challenging, however. According to RT.com, caskets that have to be custom made for obese people tend to be extremely expensive.
Changes. The times are a changin' and not for the better. Funeral homes are realizing that they need to make some changes in order to be able to accommodate larger bodies, as obesity rates are on the rise.
Increasing numbers. "They are all finding that they need to order increasing numbers of larger coffins each year as the numbers of obese persons passing away continues to increase,” said a spokesperson for the National Association of Funeral Directors, as reported by rt.com.
Expensive. One man told the Washington City Paper that he had to spend around $4500 in order to bury his 600 pound son, however that was due to a discount he received from the funeral home.
Money. “After everything, it was about $4,500. But it could have been a lot more expensive,” said Sandy Brady, as reported by the Washington city Paper.
Financial aid. Some places are offering financial aid for certain families that can’t afford to put their loved ones to rest. They can receive $800 for burials, or $450 to go towards cremation, reports the Washington City Paper.