Factory fire caused by spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips

By Elizabeth Elkin and Brandon Griggs, CNN

Jul 25, 2018

Generally, tortilla chips don't heat up until you put salsa on them.

But in Austin, Texas, the fire department had to put out fires out not one, but four times caused by the spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips.

It started when a tortilla chip factory was testing a new way to handle its chip waste. The company crushed the chips into a fine, powder-like substance and put the powder into boxes that had soaked up oil, Austin Fire Department division chief Palm Buck told CNN.

When the weather heated up, the chip dust heated up too -- and burst into flames.

To learn more, read "Austin firefighters respond to blazes caused by spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips" from CNN.