Teenage Girl Awakens To Find Her Smartphone Smouldering Under Her Pillow Burning Her Bed


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It’s becoming increasingly common for people in our ultra-connected society to sleep with their smartphones next to them or even under their pillows.

Texan Ariel Tolfree recently learned the consequences of doing just that.

The 13-year-old girl was recently awoken by her Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone smoldering silently but pungently under her pillow.

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She told KDFW she placed the phone under the pillow before she fell asleep. Later that night, she smelled something burning.

‘I didn’t think much of it, so I went back to sleep and then I woke up again and it was more prominent,’ Tolfree said.

Under her pillow, she discovered her phone charred and partially melted. Her sheets, mattress and pillow were also scorched.

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Her father said the phone must have overheated, causing the battery to swell and start a small fire.

A spokesperson for Samsung told the Fox affiliate that the battery inside the phone was a replacement unit and not an original Samsung battery.

Samsung cautions in its ‘Common Phone’ warranty guide on its website that third-party batteries shouldn’t be used and also specifically warns in the phone’s manual against covering the device with bedding or anything. It could cause a fire, it states.

Below a picture of the charred and melted battery.

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‘If anything, they should put a big warning on it, like a cigarette label, if that’s the case,’ Thomas Tolfree, the girl’s father, said.

Samsung said they take any instance of a battery fire ‘very seriously’ and requested that the phone be mailed to the company for a full investigation.

The company has offered to replace the phone, the bedding, the mattress and pillow.

Ht:Daily Mail


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