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Woman's body found near burning car in Saitama

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The body of a woman was found near a burning car on a road in Misato, Saitama Prefecture, on Saturday.

According to police, a passerby called 119 at around 4 a.m. Saturday to report that a car stopped in the center of an isolated road was on fire and that a woman's body was lying nearby.

Police and firefighters rushed to the scene and found the woman, also badly burned, lying on her back about three meters from the door of the driver's seat of the car, Sankei Shimbun reported. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Police said the woman, who was confirmed dead at the scene, had no external injuries other than burns. They believe she may have committed suicide by setting fire to the car while sitting in the driver's seat.

The car was registered to a 35-year-old woman, police said.

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3 meters from the door? If it was suicide I think she had second thoughts.

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They believe she may have committed suicide by setting fire to the car

Or maybe there was an engine fire and she didn't get out in time. For a woman to choose suicide by fire would be very unusual.

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Is that Misato town or city?

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Maybe she did the tried and tested method of using a charcoal burner/barbi and that caught the car alight and she had second thoughts a bit too late.

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Or maybe there was an engine fire and she didn't get out in time. For a woman to choose suicide by fire would be very unusual.

No, actually, it's not uncommon at all. It happened in my prefecture as well, and seems to be a method of choice for some, particularly women for some reason. Dump kerosene on you and light yourself on fire. As for the exiting the vehicle part, that would be an involuntary human body reaction to the flames in an enclosed space.

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Very hot weather, car caught on fire, woman suffered shock, burns, and deadly fumes inhalation. Huge expensive problem for the car manufacturer if they are at fault. Let's put this one down to a suicide. Fingers crossed, hope no-one bothers to refute.

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No, actually, it's not uncommon at all.

I wish you were wrong, it's a horrible way to go

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Burning to death by fire is one of the most agonizing death. Normally only reserved for extremely disciplined Buddhist monks. I don't know just how desperate one must be to choose fire. RIP woman!

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