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Spontaneous combustion

Spontaneous combustion, or spontaneous ignition, phenomenon in which material suddenly bursts into flame without apparent cause but resulting from a slow build-up of heat. The chemical process of oxidation naturally produces heat. If that heat is trapped, oxidation becomes more rapid, and heat builds up quickly. A critical temperature may be reached, causing ignition.

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