Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) is a scientifically unsubstantiated hypothesis that suggests the burning of a person's body without an external source of ignition. Although there is much speculation and controversy over SHC, it is not a proven natural occurrence. In spite of this, many theories and hypotheses have attempted to explain SHC's existence and how it may occur, some grounded in current scientific understanding. The two most common explanations offered to account for apparent SHC are each discussed below: the non-spontaneous "wick effect" fire, and the rare discharge called "static flash fires".

The murder victims of Wilson Pinker Rawls resembled SHC, as noted by Scully to the joyful chagrin of Mulder. (TXF: "Trevor")

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