We’ve seen cases here and there of cellphones catching fire for various reasons. Whether it’s happened due to a cheap battery replacement, or bad component reassembly, or the use of a cheap cable to charge the phone as well, these are all the most common reasons. Now in a case that happened yesterday, a 13-year-old’s iPhone 5c caught fire and it wasn’t due to any of these reasons.
This unnamed teenager from Kennebunk, Maine had barely owned the iPhone 5c for two months, which makes it obvious that the phone was not repaired in any way, and since the phone caught fire in her pants while she was moving, it’s clear that she wasn’t using a cheap charging cable during the incident either. The report seems to point to this teenage girl using the iPhone 5c in her back pocket and hearing a crack as she sat down. Minutes later her pants began to catch fire, and even though she thew herself on the floor and rolled around to stop the fire, it didn’t stop until the phone fell off her back pocket. The fire caused her second-degree burns that she is still being treated for.
There will most likely be an investigation and the usual lawsuit for this once the reasons for the fire are clarified, but while that happens, we suggest you use your front pocket to carry your smartphone from now on.