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Samsung Galaxy S4 catches fire under the pillow of a 13 year-old girl

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Samsung Galaxy S4 catches fire under the pillow of a 13 year-old girl
A 13 year-old Texas girl, who kept her Samsung Galaxy S4 under her pillow, was awoken by the smell of something burning. Unfortunately, it was her Samsung Galaxy S4 that was the source of the acrid smelling smoke. At first, Ariel Tolfree went back to sleep, but before things could get out of hand, she woke up again from the smell of her handset getting burnt beyond recognition.

The cause of the fire? The Tolfree family blames a replacement battery for the incident. There was no word on whether the replacement cell was an authorized replacement. Last year, there was a series of incidents that took place where Apple iPhone and Apple iPad users received shocks (at least one was fatal), supposedly from the use of unauthorized third party battery chargers.

Regardless of who is at fault here, Samsung did agree to ship Ariel a brand new phone (a Samsung Galaxy S5 perhaps?) and replace the singed bedding, pillow and other damaged materials. Samsung does warn owners of its handsets not to keep it under bedding (like a pillow) as that can restrict air flow and possibly cause a fire. 

"Covering the device with bedding, your body, thick clothing or any other materials that significantly affect air flow may affect the performance of the phone and poses a possible risk of fire or explosion, which could lead to serious bodily injuries or damage to property."-Samsung warning that comes with phone



Thanks for the tip, Sid!

source: FOX4News via UPI

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posted on 26 Jul 2014, 01:17 27

1. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


wow thats bad. Its good that girl is ok I think we should use original parts especially battery and battery charger

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 01:33 9

3. iCloud (Posts: 54; Member since: 15 May 2014)


I agree. Rather spend a few bucks more and be safe.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 01:45 5

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 5982; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I have bad experience with third parties battery to last me a life time.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 02:26 9

8. Settings (Posts: 1718; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


I guess Samsung phones were coming to flames sooner than expected. It was too HOT for the consumers?

Get it? Flames and Hot? Get?
LOL!

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 07:06 13

43. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


THE NEXT BIG FIRE....

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 09:22 4

69. amats69 (Posts: 1465; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


this phone is on fire! this phone is on fire!-A. Keys LOL

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 11:08 5

84. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It's also marked as a "HOT" article by Phone Arena.

You sly devils!

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 11:19 2

87. Settings (Posts: 1718; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Trolls here already posting here. Flaming the article.
Get it?
Flaming? Lol!

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 08:39 6

58. KParks23 (Posts: 639; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Why would u put ur phone under a pillow? good way too get a nice big dose of radiation for the night, i bet she wakes up feeling really refreshed!

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 10:27 1

78. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Samsung phones have low radiation.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 16:15

118. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


This article is misleading and inaccurate. In an interview with the girl, she said she left it on her bed when she fell asleep and it slid under her pillow. She didn't leave it under there intentionally.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 09:42 2

71. Jishnusur (Posts: 91; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


S-Blast! :D

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 11:21 1

88. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Looks like phone didn't get the enough oxygen to live.......RIP S4

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 16:18

101. lolatfailphones (Posts: 203; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


But let's kill apple when we can't put our Chinese knock off chargers in our iPhones and not get shocked

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 20:48

106. slaggyb (Posts: 214; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Samsung just trying to defend itself and brand. The battery on that phone is a OEM battery from Samsung. This phone came out last year and it's to early for battery replacement. No matter what a 13yr old can't ruin a battery under one year as she's not a power user. All she does is instagram, facebook and text. So Samsung manup and take the blame.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 21:33

109. Settings (Posts: 1718; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


This is the con of removable batteries. There is a
chance that you can install a counterfeit battery,
compared to it's unremovable battery
counterparts. In the end the likes of Sony won't
get this kind of problems.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 23:58 1

113. iHarlequin (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


You realize that the family themselves said that they had a replacement battery?

Now you feeling real dumb, don't cha son?

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 15:57

122. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10629; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


They bought a replacement battery. Basically they admitted it wasn't a Samsung branded one, but not saying it was one. Every phone I can think of that has every caught on fire was using a non-original part. GET OVER IT!!!

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 01:31 28

2. williandyzxz (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Fire phone

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 02:00 22

5. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Amazon outdone by Samsung.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 06:41 8

33. nctx77 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


LOL! Samsung is TOAST!

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 06:58 8

37. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


With bacon and cedar....

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 12:53 2

96. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Cedar?

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 02:11 3

6. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2117; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Lucky she never get burned.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 02:12 15

7. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Lol why would you keep your phone under a pillow?...

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 04:07 16

15. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Many teenagers do it… the smartphone has replaced the teddy bear. It makes them feel they're not alone.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 04:27 18

19. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


How about the radiation?

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 05:05 27

27. adecvat (Posts: 274; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


That is why teenagers so stupid nowadays.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 07:23 1

47. cezarepc (Posts: 716; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


lol good one dude

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 08:43 2

60. skymitch89 (Posts: 1306; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


A lot of people, not just teenagers, have "converted" to using their phone as an alarm clock instead of the traditional bedside alarm clock. I know because I'm one of those people.

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