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iPhone charger catches fire and spreads to blanket, leaves teenager with facial burns

On: March 24, 2021

Highlights

  • A iPhone charger fire accident left a 17-year teenager with facial burns
  • The iPhone was plugged in to charge overnight
  • Apple is currently investigating the matter

A 17-year old English teenager suffered facial burns after her iPhone charger caught fire. The flames spread on to the blanket as Amie Hall was going off to sleep. The fire left a minor burn to her cheek as reported by Birmingham Mail.

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The report adds the Hall noticed ‘flashing orange’ flames on her blanket and she was able to run downstairs and seek the help of her mother in extinguishing the fire. It’s unclear what caused the fire and the iPhone model used by Hall. 

iPhone charger catches fire, injuring 17-year old

The duvet on the left and broken charging cable on the right

Birmingham Mail says that the charger comprised of an Apple charging cable and another brand’s charging plug. However, Hall refuted the claims. She said on her Facebook, “This isn’t even a cheap charger, it’s an Apple charger. Please don’t go to bed and leave your phone charging overnight.”

Apple is said to be investigating the cause of the fire. A spokeswoman said, “Apple takes customer safety very seriously, is in touch with the customer and looking into the matter.” The company recommended iPhone users to review safe charging standards. You can read it here. The Cupertino based giant warns charging devices in poorly ventilated spaces or areas where moisture could be present like blankets. This causes the charger to overheat or throw sparks. 

The 17 year old teenager suffered facial burns after the incident

Apple also suggests that users should regularly inspect their charging equipment and ensure that it is not damaged.

Back in 2019, an iPhone X had exploded in an Australian scientist’s pocket causing second-degree burns. The user is now suing Apple after the company failed to respond to his concerns. 

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