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

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. 

Thanks for the tip, Sid!

source: FOX4News via UPI

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

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

3. iCloud

Posts: 125; Member since: May 15, 2014

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

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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!

43. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014


69. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

84. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It's also marked as a "HOT" article by Phone Arena. You sly devils!

87. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

58. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 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!

78. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Samsung phones have low radiation.

118. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

71. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

S-Blast! :D

88. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

101. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

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

106. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

109. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

113. iHarlequin

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

You realize that the family themselves said that they had a replacement battery? Now you feeling real dumb, don't cha son?

122. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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!!!

2. williandyzxz

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Fire phone

5. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Amazon outdone by Samsung.

33. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

LOL! Samsung is TOAST!

37. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

With bacon and cedar....

96. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012


6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Lucky she never get burned.

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

19. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

How about the radiation?

27. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

That is why teenagers so stupid nowadays.

47. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

lol good one dude

60. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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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