Eighth grade student's Apple iPhone bursts into flames while in her pocket

Anyone who doubts that the Apple iPhone is still a hot item need only to read this story. This morning, an eighth grader at Kennebunk Middle School in Maine, was walking in the hallway of the school when things got a little warm for her.Apparently, the unnamed student's iPhone burst into flames while still in her pocket. Luckily, she had the presence of mind to "stop, drop and roll", and that maneuver might have prevented her from receiving more serious injuries...
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75 Comments

32. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I never had this happen to me or ever heard of this happen to anyone I know - story could be fake or maybe it is lacking some important details...

27. shyguy3763

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

This would NEVER happen with a Nokia Lumia phone ;)

35. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Nokia had the decency to make great batteries, whether they were Li-ion or Li-polymer. Never once had one even heat up during charging, much less catch fire. I had an LG feature phone long ago that used to heat up to scary levels when charging, and my latest LG feature phone heats up during charging only a little. My LG Viper doesn't seem to heat up at all during charging, so I'm crossing my fingers that it behaves more like my old Nokia's once did.

50. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

51. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Ohohoho, busted!

59. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Nasty! I'm starting to think that I see this happening with a lot of batteries that are non-user-removable... and Nokia went to that model of design after they went to Symbian^3 and WP. I am sure that there have been removable batteries that caught fire, too... I seem to remember hearing about an HTC phone that similarly burst into flames... but I seem to hear about it most with phones that have non-user-removable batteries.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This could happen to any device with a lipo battery. The important thing is that some kid didn't get seriously hurt. It could have gone the other way.

31. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I think every phone has flamed out at some point - maybe this is just symbolic of the change coming to iphones...

34. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

If Apple is smart, they would replace her phone at no cost and get lots of free press - of the good variety...

41. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Dafuq a 13 yr old gets an iPhone and burned to hell... I'm 15 and owns a Nokia and did some crazy stuff with it... Still no burning...

44. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Plus one for u making the right choice.

52. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Saw this story on Reddit, the comments were...well reddit-style comments

55. twens

Posts: 1165; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

After the kitkat update I realize my note 3 gets a bit warm when charging it. Nothing too serious but for preventive measures I take off the battery for a while. Allow it to cool before I continue charging it. I believe removable batteries should be encouraged, it helps to some extent.

60. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

So ... Which model iPhone was it? Was it damaged? Was a third party charger being used to charge it before it caught fire?

71. h3nryvn

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Last december s4 get burnt. Now iphone again. Samsung and apple quite often get burnt news. Next innovation i think will have anti burnt or anti fire
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