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A middle school student in Kennebunk, Maine was hospitalized late last week and treated for second-degree burns after an iPhone 5c tucked away in the student's pocket caught fire.

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The iPhone 5c with charred rear casing after burning Source: The Portland Press Herald


Update: The handset was in the student's back pocket and made a "popping" noise when she sat down, reports USA Today. Fire officials tell the paper that they believe sitting on the phone cause it to "short out."

The 14-year-old female student was preparing for her first class of the day when the fire began, according to a report from the Portland Press Herald. The girl had received the green iPhone 5c as a gift two months earlier.

Jeff Rodman, the school's principal, told the publication that the first sign of trouble was when smoke began "billowing from around the student." "She knew right away something was wrong and, in a panic, knew her pants were on fire caused by the cellphone," he continued.

The girl immediately dropped to the ground and began rolling on the floor in an effort to extinguish the fire, the paper said. The phone was reportedly still smoldering as it fell from her pocket.

Emergency workers transported the student to a local hospital where she received care and was released after approximately 45 minutes.

Apple's handsets have been known to catch on fire before, though reports of such incidents are few and far between. Many of the cases --?such as that of an iPhone 4 that caught fire in-flight thanks to a botched screen replacement --?have been attributed to unauthorized repairs or third-party accessories.
post #2 of 106
When you crush your phone it is not "spontaneous". And it wasn't on fire.
post #3 of 106

Fire in pocket, huh?

 

This could have been avoided:

 

 

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post #4 of 106
Damn those 3rd-party pockets.
post #5 of 106
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When you crush your phone it is not "spontaneous". And it wasn't on fire.

You're crushing it wrong. ;-)

post #6 of 106
"She knew right away something was wrong and, in a panic, knew her pants were on fire caused by the cellphone"

Perhaps is she wan't a LIAR she wouldn't have her pants on fire.
post #7 of 106
My first thought was cracked screen. But doesn't look like it.

My palm Prē always made my pocket hot. Though I would just pop the battery out for a bit when it did.
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A middle school student in Kennebunk, Maine was hospitalized late last week and treated for second-degree burns after an iPhone 5c tucked away in the student's pocket spontaneously caught fire.

The girl immediately dropped to the ground and began rolling on the floor in an effort to extinguish the fire, the paper said. The phone was reportedly still smoldering as it fell from her pocket.
 

 

 

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When you crush your phone it is not "spontaneous". And it wasn't on fire.

 

Where in the article did it say it was "crushed"?  It said it was in her pocket, nothing more.  Just about everyone puts their phones in their pocket.  If it caused 2nd degree burns, something was going on...


Hundred of millions of iPhones sold, and less than .0000001% have this issue.  It seems most of those that did were in Asia and caused by people using 3rd party chargers of questionable origin and quality.  I'm curious what the details are when the investigation is over.

post #9 of 106
I've seen folks with phones in their back-pocket. Which essentially means they're sitting on them.

I imagine they'd be causing the phone to undergo weird, intermittent structural stress as they shift around in their seat.
post #10 of 106

They didn't mention if the phone was in the butt pocket or a side pocket. So, if I suspect that she sat on the phone and caused a short, I would have no proof. I hope more info will come out so that we know what the cause was.

post #11 of 106
My daughters' middle school solves this problem simply: All students turn their mobile phones into the office for the day.
post #12 of 106
Tightness of jeans, size of butt, other stuff in pocket are also possible factors. Oh, and internal defect in phone.
post #13 of 106

AppleInsider didn't do their homework. This article, from USA Today, clearly states that she heard a popping sound in her back pocket when sat down. That's where her iPhone was. I agree with TRRosen. This was not "spontaneous".

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/01/newser-iphone-fire/5101833/

post #14 of 106
Could have been a defective battery. Lithium-ion batteries can expand.
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AppleInsider didn't do their homework. This article, from USA Today, clearly states that she heard a popping sound in her back pocket when sat down. That's where her iPhone was. I agree with TRRosen. This was not "spontaneous".

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/01/newser-iphone-fire/5101833/

We demand more and more battery life from our phones with lots of features, so what we get is an incredible amount of stored energy sitting in our pockets.  It will be scary if batteries with 4x or 10x capacity of the ones today come to market.

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Could have been a defective battery. Lithium-ion batteries can expand.

Even Boing Dreamliners have had issues.
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post #17 of 106
But I thought no one was buying the 5c?
post #18 of 106
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"She knew right away something was wrong and, in a panic, knew her pants were on fire caused by the cellphone"

Perhaps is she wan't a LIAR she wouldn't have her pants on fire.

What lie?

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post #19 of 106
Not the iPhone itself caused the fire:

Update: The handset was in the student's back pocket and made a "popping" noise when she sat down, reports USA Today. Fire officials tell the paper that they believe sitting on the phone cause it to "short out."

I knew.... nice try again...
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What lie?


Liar liar pants on fire nose as long as a telephone wire

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What lie?

"Liar, liar! Pants on Fire!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tAGIH3FGBU

post #22 of 106
Yes. Phone was in her back pocket. She sat on it and and damaged it causing the battery to short.

The paper purposely removed that information to sensationalize the story.

Journalism is dead.
post #23 of 106
Gives new meaning to the term 'bun warmer'.
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Could have been a defective battery. Lithium-ion batteries can expand.

Even Boing Dreamliners have had issues.

Ferraris too!

post #25 of 106

I suggest to call Detective Dee

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What lie?

Joke went over someone's head.

Still I'm amazed people still put their phones in their back pockets. Do people sit on their laptops? Why would you sit on your phone!?
post #27 of 106
This is why you don't put your damn phone in the back pocket. Why would anyone think its okay to SIT on your phone? I hate when people do this.

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post #28 of 106

So now we know what the 'c' in 5c stands for..

 

char your ass

combustible

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This is why you don't put your damn phone in the back pocket. Why would anyone think its okay to SIT on your phone? I hate when people do this.

My sister-in-law has an iPhone 5 and treats it like a friggen hockey puck.  Literally throws it onto tables, puts it on the floor where it can be stepped on, puts it on wet surfaces, and drops it constantly.  She has broken at least 6 smartphones in the past 4 years and still treats them like crap.  Sometimes I wish the thing taught her a lesson! (kidding)

post #30 of 106
Well just as I thought.

Putting costly and fragile electronic devices in your back pocket and bloody well sitting on them, and shifting your weight on them, is NOT the way to take care of your device.

Not Apple's fault.

Don't sit on your devices, folks. This should be obvious, but a good chunk of the under-30 population of today is practically brain-dead.
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Not the iPhone itself caused the fire:

Update: The handset was in the student's back pocket and made a "popping" noise when she sat down, reports USA Today. Fire officials tell the paper that they believe sitting on the phone cause it to "short out."

I knew.... nice try again...

This is exactly what I speculated.

 

It's clearly a user error that caused this problem. No phone, tablet, GPS, or laptop can withstand such abuse.

post #32 of 106
Originally Posted by sflocal View Post

Where in the article did it say it was "crushed"?

 

It doesn’t need to.

 
The handset was in the student's back pocket and made a "popping" noise when she sat down
post #33 of 106
I smell a rat. Someone is intentionally generating bad news for Apple in an attempt to drive the stock price up.
post #34 of 106
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They didn't mention if the phone was in the butt pocket or a side pocket. So, if I suspect that she sat on the phone and caused a short, I would have no proof. I hope more info will come out so that we know what the cause was.

"The handset was in the student's back pocket and made a "popping" noise when she sat down"

 

"back pocket" would be what she sat down on it seems to me. It made a "popping" noise" when she damaged it by sitting on it, possibly not for the first time since she'd had the phone for a few months.

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My sister-in-law has an iPhone 5 and treats it like a friggen hockey puck.  Literally throws it onto tables, puts it on the floor where it can be stepped on, puts it on wet surfaces, and drops it constantly.  She has broken at least 6 smartphones in the past 4 years and still treats them like crap.  Sometimes I wish the thing taught her a lesson! (kidding)

Yeah, I've a buddy that does that, kills phones routinely and in the end it's a mercy since they're so beat up it's hard to look at them (it's amazing how they keep working with screens cracked all to hell....).

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This is why you don't put your damn phone in the back pocket. Why would anyone think its okay to SIT on your phone? I hate when people do this.

 

People that actually pay for the phone themselves (on or off contract) don't do that generally.

post #37 of 106

I like the last two lines from the Portland Press Herald article:

 

The iPhone, which was green and is now black, is useless. So are the pants, which Milligan agreed to replace.

“We went to Target and got a pair of yoga pants,” she said.

post #38 of 106

She probably had jailbroken her iPhone then ran a program that went haywire, going full blast. The jailbroken iPhone couldn't turn itself off so it started burning.

post #39 of 106

Ahh, no worries, it was just a "burner" phone.

post #40 of 106
May be it's a "feature" of the iPhone.
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