iPhone 5c catches fire in student's pocket, causes second-degree burns [u]

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in iPhone edited March 2014
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.
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  • Reply 1 of 105
    When you crush your phone it is not "spontaneous". And it wasn't on fire.
  • Reply 2 of 105
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member

    Fire in pocket, huh?

     

    This could have been avoided:

     

     

  • Reply 3 of 105
    ceek74ceek74 Posts: 324member
    Damn those 3rd-party pockets.
  • Reply 4 of 105
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,660member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TRRosen View Post



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

    You're crushing it wrong. ;-)

  • Reply 5 of 105
    foljsfoljs Posts: 390member
    "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.
  • Reply 6 of 105
    My first thought was cracked screen. But doesn't look like it.

    My palm Pr? always made my pocket hot. Though I would just pop the battery out for a bit when it did.
  • Reply 7 of 105
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 6,099member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    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.

     

     

     

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TRRosen View Post



    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.

  • Reply 8 of 105
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,757member
    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.
  • Reply 9 of 105
    jj.yuanjj.yuan Posts: 213member

    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.

  • Reply 10 of 105
    My daughters' middle school solves this problem simply: All students turn their mobile phones into the office for the day.
  • Reply 11 of 105
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    Tightness of jeans, size of butt, other stuff in pocket are also possible factors. Oh, and internal defect in phone.
  • Reply 12 of 105

    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/

  • Reply 13 of 105
    gustavgustav Posts: 827member
    Could have been a defective battery. Lithium-ion batteries can expand.
  • Reply 14 of 105
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by stoster1 View Post

     

    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.

  • Reply 15 of 105
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,750member
    gustav wrote: »
    Could have been a defective battery. Lithium-ion batteries can expand.

    Even Boing Dreamliners have had issues.
  • Reply 16 of 105
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    But I thought no one was buying the 5c?
  • Reply 17 of 105
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by foljs View Post



    "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?

  • Reply 18 of 105
    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...
  • Reply 19 of 105
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Crowley View Post

     

    What lie?




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

  • Reply 20 of 105
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,660member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Crowley View Post

     

    What lie?


    "Liar, liar! Pants on Fire!"

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

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