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Firefighter's iPhone 4 "Spontaneously Caught Fire" While Charging

A firefighter in the Pennsylvanian town of East Brandywine experienced a close call with his iPhone 4 earlier this month, according to a post on the East Brandywine Fire Company's website.

While charging the phone using the Apple provided computer connection, the phone spontaneously caught fire.

After the phone fell to the floor igniting the carpet, the phone was thrown out a nearby window.

Despite the phone being relatively small it produced a large volume of smoke and a noxious smell.
The department notes that the phone has been sent to Apple headquarters in California so the company's engineers can investigate the exact cause of the fire.

This isn't the first time an iPhone has caught fire, but the incidents appear to be unrelated. Earlier this year, Apple initiated a worldwide replacement program for the first-generation iPod Nano, which, in rare cases, could overheat and pose a safety risk to users.

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Posted: 30 months ago
Does it make me a blind fanboy or just naive to think that this happens to electronics all the time but this case gets reported because it is Apple?
Rating: 11 Positives
Posted: 30 months ago
Maybe Apple really does have a kill switch built into the phones..

And it really means KILL the phone :eek:
Rating: 10 Positives
Posted: 30 months ago

Does it make me a blind fanboy or just naive to think that this happens to electronics all the time but this case gets reported because it is Apple?


Depends on if you can back up that statement with some proof.
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 30 months ago
This is a comforting thing to know when charging my phone overnight.
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 30 months ago

Probrably using cheap Commy designed charger.


"Designed by Apple in California"

Dont start ;)
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 30 months ago

Despite the phone being relatively small it produced a large volume of smoke and a noxious smell.


Was that the "neurotoxin"? (Portal reference)
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 30 months ago

Does it make me a blind fanboy or just naive to think that this happens to electronics all the time but this case gets reported because it is Apple?


I don't know if it is right to assume that this is being reported just "because it is Apple." I would assume that a website dedicated to delivering Apple news might end up posting something about an Apple device doing this.

And, like the person above me posted, there are other incidents of phone malfunctions which have received press.
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 30 months ago
"I threw it on the GROOOUND!!!"
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 30 months ago
Does anyone find it odd that the response of a firefighter was to throw it out a window? Sure, we don't much beyond the description of the event, but that made me chuckle.
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 30 months ago

Does it make me a blind fanboy or just naive to think that this happens to electronics all the time but this case gets reported because it is Apple?


No, there have just been some stories of it happening. Because it happens to be an iPhone it gets lots of media attention. It's not a common problem.

Here's a couple of Samsung incidents, that were barely spoken about:

http://gizmodo.com/5539192/a-cellphone-exploded-in-my-face

^^^ That one was pretty horrible.

http://www.webpronews.com/galaxy-s-ii-catches-fire-in-guys-pants-2011-12
Rating: 4 Positives

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