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iPhone Catches Fire in Girl's Pants Pocket, Burning Her Badly

Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 08:54 AM

By Michael Mullins

An iPhone caught fire reportedly in a Maine girl’s pants pocket on Friday leaving her with second-degree burns on her thigh and back, according to family and school officials.

The 14-year-old eight grader from Kennebunk had just sat down to her first-period French class when she and two friends heard a pop from the Apple iPhone 5C, the Portland Press Herald reported.

"Immediately, smoke starts billowing from around the student," Jeff Rodman, principal of the Middle School of the Kennebunks, told the Portland Press Herald. "She knew right away something was wrong and, in a panic, knew her pants were on fire caused by the cell phone."

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According to Rodman, the girl was instructed to "stop, drop and roll," to subdue the flames and in the process her "phone fell out of her pocket." The phone was "still smoldering [and] her pants were still on fire," Rodman added.

The girl then reportedly tore off her pants as her teacher and fellow female classmates surrounded her in the corner of the room while other teachers removed the boys to ensure her privacy. The girl was subsequently wrapped in a blanket until first responders arrived.

After being treated at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford, the girl was released on Friday, according to her mother Judy Milligan, who told the Portland Press Herald that she was "a little bit in shock" when she first heard what had happened.

Amazingly, the girl asked if she could return to class following the ordeal, though school administrators told her she should stay home and recover, her mother added.

"She’s very calm – just a calm person," Milligan said.

Her mother had reportedly given the Apple iPhone to her daughter two months earlier.

Apple has yet to respond to the incident.

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Though rare, this isn’t the first case of a cell phone catching fire, the cause of which is believed to be overheating caused by a lithium-ion type rechargeable battery built inside.

In December, a man’s Samsung S4 reportedly caught fire while it was being charged.

The iPhone that caught fire in the teen’s pants is currently in the custody of investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

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