Volume 47, Issue 1 (January 2002)
Chemical Analysis of Vegetable Oils Following Spontaneous Ignition
Two cases of spontaneous ignition of vegetable oil in fabrics after being washed and dried are reported. In both cases, the analysis revealed the consumption of unsaturated fatty material and the recovery of higher proportions of saturated fatty material along with saturated fatty diacids. The investigators reported that in the first case the origin of the fire was in a plastic container filled with cotton towels and in the second case, a garbage bag. In both cases, the fabrics had been washed and were freshly dried. In the second case, the recovery of the nonpolar volatile fraction disclosed the presence of 1-phenylalkanes along with oxygenated species.