T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 allegedly catches on fire; check out the evidence

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 allegedly catches on fire; check out the evidence
A Reddit poster using the name Jjhend has found himself unable to use a Samsung Galaxy S5 that he still owes $400 to T-Mobile for. The unfortunate incident took place the other day when Jjhend went out for a quick errand to buy some groceries. He left his Samsung Galaxy S5 on his desk when he went out. When he returned, the device was smoking and his house smelled like an electrical fire.

In panic mode, Jjhend poured a glass of water on the fire, which is the worst thing to add to a fire started by a lithium cell. Baking soda or a class D type fire extinguisher is usually recommended. The usual suspects, like a third party battery or charger, were not involved. And the blinds in the house were shut, eliminating the heat from the sun as a possible cause of the fire.

Jjhend did not have a warranty on the phone, which isn't all paid for as we previously mentioned. One question that is bound to come up in any investigation is one of timing. Most people bring their handsets with them whenever and wherever they go. That is the point of owning a mobile communications device. Why pick this particular time to leave it at home?


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source: Reddit via SamsungRumors

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49 Comments

2. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

My bet is he got it wet and it shorted out. Then again, pretty poor waterproofing on samsungs end.

7. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Poor waterproofing? What has this to do with this case mr. Dumb dumb?

42. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If these are actual pictures of the device that got damaged. And the fire started with the battery. Then why are the pictures of the battery and casing around the battery show no signs of burning or smoke damage? Yet the damage is at the top of the device. I think it had to do with the user not making sure the back cover was on right. If its not on correctly, then the water proofing will fail.

49. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

It most definitely does have poor waterproofing. The s5 is not that water resistant. I have run tests on it and the first thing to go is the microphones. That happens incredibly quickly. I have seen this with 1 other s5 that came into my repair center. It was melted by the SD card though and it was because they were using a class 2 memory card.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Maybe it got jealous of the GS6's six appeal

4. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There is something fishy about his story like PA pointed out.

11. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

How is that fishy? i use my phone alot my g3 hardly last 7 hours and if it needs to be charged i leave it charging and sometime when it is charged i still leave it at home just cuz i dont want to be bothered so whats fishy? Matter fact if im just running out for 15 20 min im more likely to leave my phone home than take it.. Guess im in a minority!

14. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Agreed, seems like he's trying to get this to go viral to cash in lol, but good luck on that

22. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

There is many a time when I leave my phone for whatever reason. I leave it in my office when I go to the lab. It doesn't need to be on your hip the whole time.

23. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, the burn on top of the phone, there's nothing with heavy load there, and even if you pour water on the phone if it is on fire from the battery, nothing should happen last I checked my chemistry knowledge. That said the locations of the burns, where there is no visible damage in the battery compartment? This looks suspiciously like cigarette burns?

5. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

He better be okay and the cause i would really like to know.

8. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Looks like he tried to pry it open on pic 5 or stick a needle in it.. Small hole on the bumper frame just below the melted plastic. Either way it looks like user fault

9. Tajiseo

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Aww the S5 is jealous since S6 is getting all the attention

10. kenvin30

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 05, 2015

So many questions, yet so little answers. Was he using a generic charger? Some generic chargers do not meet any safety standards. And as PA said, why choose that day of all days to leave the phone home? I'm no sherlock, but based on the picture, it looks like it was external heat. The phone itself looks pretty beat up, so what better way to get a new and free one. PA keep us posted because I'm curious as to how this happened. I would hate for this to happen to me. We've seen many cases like this, but it all turned out to be caused by a generic charger.

41. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

"Why choose that day of all days to leave the phone home?" ??? What was so special about that day? He had his phone charging and went out quick to get something at the grocery store. Is that really so hard to fathom? Seems very normal to me. Now whether or not the story is real is 50/50, but there is nothing unbelievable about leaving without a phone for a few minutes while it's charging.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Will he show us the charger he used? I used to charge my S5 with a damaged cable (it was ripped when I pulled it too hard) and it got excessively hot. Now that I charger with a regular cable, it is fine.

13. samsboy unregistered

May be his house is on Insurance and he needed the money. A phone can easily act as an explosive. Maybe the s5 failed to do the job. Next time he should use ip6 instead or any phone with snapdragon 810, his mission will be accomplished.

15. Hellouser

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

You think he used a stock charger?

17. khul00

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Maybe if he wasnt so cheap and had JUMP on his phone which is still not his. This wouldn't be as big of an issue. This is what happens when you're CHEAP. From a T-Mobile Employee

18. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

it just doeskin look that damaged and in pic 2 and 5 it looks like the metal is bent like someone tried to pry it open and a fire that didn't melt the plastic wouldn't bend metal. kinda seems like the user messed the phone up and set it on fire to try and cover his own ass so he wouldn't have to pay for a new phone. but any smartphone can catch on fire it just seem that it should look worse than it does like that iphone that caught fire in a guys pocket looked way worse, this gs5 actually looks like it might power on. oh well doesn't matter this guy is still going to have to pay that 400 lol

21. rick77471

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 05, 2015

Part of the story might not be b.s. But if he still owes on the phone means he is a JUMP customer which comes with insurance so he's not totally out of the $400 he will have a to pay a deductible

40. khul00

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

When your financing a phone with T-Mobile it doesn't mean you automatically have JUMP. We recommend it but at the end of the day it's still your chose.

24. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Perhaps the next Galaxy will be fireproof

25. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

Wait a minute, the water indicator has turned red.....water damage = electrical short.

26. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

In the article........water is mentioned.

30. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Apple is running out of black propaganda, so they burned an S5.

31. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Think before posting.....

32. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I see fire....

33. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

The third picture doesnt make sense. How could the outer battery cover have so much damage and the inside have less?

38. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Different materials. The top layer is only soft plastic, where as the actual phone would be something more durable I assume.

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