Exploding Galaxy Note 7 may have caused a man's house to burn down

The numerous instances of Samsung's now-recalled Galaxy Note 7 exploding whilst on charge have naturally caused a great deal of alarm. After all, where there's fire, there's always danger, although hitherto, reported incidents have managed to avoid any real harm to person or property. According to WMBF News, though, the house of a Horry County, South Carolina man has burned down in mysterious circumstances, and his charging Note 7 is being blamed. 

Fire Rescue investigators say that the fire began right near the the outlet where Wesley Hartzog left his Galaxy Note 7 on charge. He left home to pick up his daughters and upon his return, found his house up in flames and surrounded by firefighters. 

The investigation is ongoing, so it cannot be absolutely certain that the Note 7 was culpable. However, the only other device connected to the outlet was an air compressor, which was not switched on. Mr. Hartzog and his daughters are said to be living in hotels whilst the investigation commences.

This serves as yet another reminder to Galaxy Note owners that if you picked your handset up prior to the recall, that you should immediately stop using it and get an exchange or refund. There's a very real, and very severe threat of injury, and no matter how much of an inconvenience it may be, it surely cannot compare with the stress of knowing that your device could place you or your loved ones in danger. 

source: WMBF News via BGR

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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Was too close to get the Note 7 just yesterday, but after finding out it was made in Vietnam, I decided to pass on it for now. I am not here to tell people what to do, but I dont believe any gadget is worth risking your life for.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Oh man, this drama is getting crazy already!

27. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

hey man.. i just hope you're not the man and its not your note 7 in this article..

38. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's not me, at definitely not my Note7, man! Lol @amats69

133. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

It is not drama, it's real! can you see it? having a Note 7 is too risky...

5. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

My brother has Galaxy S7 Edge, and he started to get terrified about this issue. He obsessively turn the phone off before going to bed every night, and got mad when the phone starts to heat up. "In spite of the fact that S7 doesn't have this issue but it is still a Samsung phone", he said. I just asked him to sell the phone in order to get out of this obsession LOL.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

What? The S7 Edge's battery units are different from the Note7. But I understand his fear of it exploding (though very unlikely).

16. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I ve had my S7 Edge since day one, and my wife has her S7E for more than a month now, and we have no issues with it at all. If he is just paranoid and want to be safe about it, tell him to switch fast charging off before plugging it in when he is going to bed.

123. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

You stupid naive idiot who believes this disgusting and disgraceful crAple propaganda on note 7.. Nothing such thing happening!! Stupid usa ppl eating this sht.. And these bitch apples websites publishing this propaganda!!!

150. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Hah! Just about a day ago a person here said on another note 7 explosion article that 'people are just making a fuss of this issue......it isn't big enough to burn down a house!' Here is the evidence proving him wrong. Where is he now, come up if you are so confident and learn to accept your mistake. If you are reading this, know that being an ignorant won't help any one out there. It's excellent that Samsung is providing a good solution to such a problem, but this is what proves how big the issue is; that Samsung had to take such a big step to secure its customers and not let itself lose much reputation.

2. acruzlu unregistered

This is getting blown out of proportion.

7. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

No....#bendgate was blown out of proportion. This is very much a serious issue that needs to be addressed because there are still people refusing to return theirs, thinking they are in the clear just because the device works fine at the moment. I returned mine on Monday and was told by T-Mobile that they aren't sure when the new batch of Note7 devices will be arriving...but I don't really care because better safe than sorry.

28. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Yo Aegis, had tour's been exhibiting signs? Or was this proactive avoidance on your part? Glad you made the safe decision btw :D.

30. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016


49. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

A few times, it'd get so hot that I unplugged it in fear that something could go very wrong. So yeah, I returned it just to be on the safe side! Shame, really. Aside from that, it was such a solid phone.

71. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You gonna repurchase after they get them back in stock.

80. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Of course! Though that will probably be a bank breaking week because the 7 Plus is also on my list of future tech items to acquire. ;D Unfortunately, my 6S Plus hit the pavement recently and was annihilated on contact.

105. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Note 7 shouldn't cost you any more, you should have gotten a full refund.

59. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012


13. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Peoples houses are being burned down. No it's not being blown out of proportion.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But most of them know that some Note7 units have the battery flaw, and they know they need to return it. If they do not return it, and consequently burn down their house, why should Samsung be blamed? An autralian man was aware of the Note7 recall, but he still kept it, then it caught fire his hotel room. He should pay that $1.3K charge for damage. Why should Samsung pay it? Why didn't he return it in the first place?

58. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Because they sold a phone that burns down your house

18. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No its not, this is a real issue. It isn't your typical design flaw that might affect your experience with your smartphone, this is turning out to be a serious threat to those who paid close to $900 for this phone. I still believe it is the best phone of 2016, but until they take off ALL the Note 7 units off the shelves and replace them, it isn't even worth $100.

86. Mrchicago

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 20, 2016

A house burning down because of a phone is blowing things out of proportion? Really?!

3. Fona13A unregistered

I know it makes PA writers explode (among specific commentators) in their pants to know Samsung's phones are going nuclear.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Lol, good one. But it's a niche issue, for real. So, no worries about the Note7 (at least not mine).

14. acruzlu unregistered

Same with my note 7, people are ignoring the fact that only 35 units were reported out of the 2.5 million already sold.

15. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Lol, PH has an agenda here. Im sure their iPhone fans or Apple sponsors are paying for these articles. We know they can catch fire, that's why it's a recall like the millions of other recalls. Posting every story on this and making up stories and polls when there are none.

90. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

soon-to-be ISIS phone.

8. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I guess he'll be asking Samsung for more than a replacement device.

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